Compulsive Personality Disorder is characterized by an obsession with perfectionism and control. Children who struggle with this disorder are often highly driven and ambitious; they are typically first born children. When children with Compulsive Personality Disorder are focused on compulsively striving for perfection, they may struggle with being open and flexible with new situations. New situations may reveal weaknesses or issues that they may have, so they may feel it is a threat to their perfectionism needs. Therefore, they may avoid new situations, struggle to adapt to them, and/or may seek to remain in control and appear perfect by doing what is familiar.
In addition, children with Compulsive Personality Disorder may struggle with personal expectations of their behavior, as well as perceived expectations from those around them. Compulsive Personality Disorder children often have a great deal of difficulty when making decisions and are often sensitive to critique and judgement. Any judgments, whether real or perceived, increases the stress that they deal with. Therefore, it is important to recognize that these children have not chosen to have these compulsive thoughts. Children with Compulsive Personality Disorder can be driven to repetitive behaviors beyond their control to stop, as well.
The most effective treatments for Compulsive Personality Disorder in children may involve Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It may help to retrain the ways of thinking the children have developed to more healthy and realistic thinking. Parents of children with this disorder are encouraged to help them to continue in their new ways of thinking and strengthen their new patterns of dealing with stress and judgements. Group therapy may also be effective to allow the children to develop positive relationships with other children struggling with similar issues. Establishing routines in the family can provide a sense of security that may help the child overcome or lessen compulsive behaviors, as well.
The symptoms of Compulsive Personality Disorder can be difficult for the child and family to deal with. Promise Village: Home for Children uses cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, milieu therapy, and supportive guidance to help children with Compulsive Personality Disorder. Promise Village is dedicated to helping these children overcome their compulsive behaviors and develop healthy, positive thinking patterns.
Contact us today at 1-877-A-PROMISE to learn more.
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