Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder - OCD - Kati Morton treatment help perfect therapy

Author: Kati Morton

Hey everybody! So today I'm going to talk to you about O.C.P.D. If you're thinking , what does that stand for, it stands for Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder And we are going to talk about what it is how we diagnose and what our treatment options are. Now, OCPD, because it's a diagnosis, is in the DSM. And that it what I am reading from for a lot, and I am also reading from my notes because I did a lot of research for you. I'm always doing research for you. And so, what it says is, that OCPD is "a pattern of preoccupation with orderliness, perfectionism and control.

And these desires or patterns of behavior will come at the expense of flexibility, openness and efficiency. I know that's a lot. But let's think about it. So what it's saying is that OCPD, if I have it, that means that I spend a lot of time, I'm totally preoccupied, with things like orderliness. I probably love to-do lists I love doing things exactly as I was told to do them or exactly as I believe they need to be done. And you can see why that would come at the expense of flexibility because I'm probably not very flexible.

Or open to change, or change of plans. I can't really be spontaneous And that may be difficult for work relationships because they said efficiency is also an issue. I would assume that will be because I have to do things a certain way all the time.

And also relationships in my real life-- family, friends, a spouse, loved ones, all of that stuff could be a little difficult because I might be kind of rigid. So that, in a nutshell, is what OCPD kind of is and kind of feels like. But now I'm gonna tell you how we actually diagnose it. And so I'm gonna read out of DSM but what it really, what we have to have is we have to have at least four (4) or more of the following eight (8) symptoms, okay? Four or more from the eight symptoms.

Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder - OCD - Kati Morton treatment help perfect therapy

Now the first is: the preoccupation with details, rules, lists, order or organization or schedules to the extent that the major point of activity is lost. So that means, like I said, we're so focused on the details and doing everything exactly as it's supposed to be to us, that we lose the actual reason that we're doing it. Or maybe even the enjoyment of it. I'd assume board games would be really difficult because we're so focused on it being done in a certain way, an exact way, that we can't even have fun with it. The second : shows perfectionism that interferes with task completion.

So, that could mean that I'm writing a report for work and it's due tomorrow, but I have to keep rereading it and doing rewrites over and over and over and I just can't get it done in time. I'm late. I missed my deadline. Even though it technically was done before, I, it's not done perfect enough. Number three: Is excessively devoted to work and productivity, to the exclusion of leisure activities and friendships. And I think this is probably what's hardest for those around us if we struggle with OCPD. Is that we're so focused on working, and being productive and doing everything just right that we won't take time to go on a hike with friends or catch up over dinner with that loved one of ours.

Instead we feel like we've gotta get things done and we've gotta keep going, and that can be really difficult. And number four: Is overconscientious scrupulous, and inflexible about matters of morality, ethics, or values. And this is an important caveat to remember, it also says that it cannot be accounted for by cultural or religious identification. So what that really means is, it has nothing to do with where we are or what we believe in, church or religion, or whatever. But we have a very rigid set of morals, ethics that we've created ourselves , and we will not bend. It is what it is, it's how it's supposed to be, and we're way over conscientious about it.

Things that people would think aren't um, you know, "bad" or going to be unethical, we're like, "woah, woah, woah, woah. That's not okay." So we're, again, we're very rigid. And number five, and the one that I actually found to be the most interesting was that they are unable to discard worn out or worthless objects, even when they have no sentimental value. And the reason behind this kind of belief is that they never know when they might need something. And they don't want to not have what they need when they need it because they have to do things just a certain way.

And this is really difficult on spouses and roommates to these people, because some of them, kind of appear like hoarders. Um, pack rats, they keep a lot of stuff and they'll stash things away because we don't know when we might need it. Now number six, and this one was something that I, it kind of makes sense based on the other ones we've already read.

But number six says, that they are reluctant to delegate tasks or to work with others unless they submit to exactly his or her way of doing things. And now, we can see why this would happen. If we like things done in an exact certain way, we may even be late turning in a report because we have to keep rewriting it and it needs to be "perfect," it'd be difficult for us to relinquish any control to anyone else. Especially working in group projects. That would be like our worst nightmare. And number seven is: adopts a miserly spending style towards self and others. Money is viewed as something to be hoarded for future catastrophes.

ANd I think we're kind of seeing a pattern here, right? We don't know when we might need things. And everything we do has to be done a certain way. And so we don't want to spend money because what if we need it later? What if something happens? And there's this, like, vein that you can see through all of OCPD that is like, I have to have things happen exactly as I want them, and I need to make sure I have everything I need when that has to happen. And so, they tend to be very, very frugal with spending. And number eight, and I feel like this one kind of goes without saying, but, it says , shows rigidity and stubbornness. They don't want to change.

These people want things to happen exactly as they want them to happen. And when they happen the way they want them to happen, the feel a sense of relief I remember when I was studying to take my licensing exam, the way that I remembered OCD, like I said I have a video about OCD if you want more information on that, the difference between OCD and OCPD was that OCD itself, is ego dystonic. Meaning it feels really bad to me. I hate it.

I hate that I have to switch this light so many times or wash my hands or have to have this, and I, I hate it. I hate counting. I hate doing it. OCPD is ego syntonic. They actually, it actually feels better to them. They like having all of their rules and having the rigidity. It feels good.

It's some, in some ways a comfort. Another distinction I want to make, because I think it's important for us to see the difference, between OCD and OCPD is that people with OCPD, what we're talking about in this video, do not have true obsessions and compulsions, like those with OCD do. Like we're talking about, they just have a rigid way about them. They have a very strict guideline, like preoccupation with, like, orderliness and having things happen this certain way. There isn't generally just an obsession and a compulsion. Where it's like I need to wash my hands X number of times, or, I only like odd numbers or even numbers, or anything like that.

It's not quite the same and as cut and dry as OCD is. So now that we know what OCPD is and how it's diagnosed, I want to talk with you a little bit about treatment options. And you'll know that when I've talked about personality disorders in the past, a lot of the treatment options seem to be kinda belak. People will say things, people will have opinions and say like, oh, personality disorders, they can never change, and, you know it's just something that's gonna follow them for the rest of their lives. And you know, if you've been watching me for a while that I don't subscribe to that belief system. I think the one thing that they don't take into consideration when they're talking about treatment is someone's real inner desire for a better life. Or for their relationships to be better.

Even though someone with OCPD may feel comfort in having things orderly and perfect, that doesn't mean that they're not a human and that they don't feel maybe bad that their relationships are suffering. And I don't think that a lot of the research and a lot of the treatment options really take that into consideration. So know that some of the things that they find to be the most successful, as far as treatment for OCPD, is group therapy. And I couldn't agree more. I think sometimes we feel so lost and hopeless and helpless that hearing from others that they're going through something similar can be really healing and it can also help us learn some tools and tips and tricks like we share on our channel, on our community, that will help us better manage it. So they say group therapy is best and I also just read an article about how psychotherapy can really help because it gives you some tools and tips to help the symptoms that you're experiencing.

And the ones that maybe are affecting your relatinships the most. And so you can focus in on those and help change those patters of behavior. And if any of you have struggled with OCPD and have some tips and tricks, please leave it in the comments. Let us know, because together we're getting better, we're getting stronger And that's what's so amazing about this channel. Don't forget to subscribe and I'll see you next Monday. Byeee! So now that we know what OCPD is, here are what, here's what we.... Bladaladadah. Hm.

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