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July 17, 2015

Girls with Compulsive Personality Disorder

MInnesota Girls Academy and Compulsive Personality Disorder

We can work with your girl if she has Compulsive Personality Disorder, sometimes called Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder, or OCPD.  This is experienced as a fixation with control and perfectionism, seen in highly driven (often, first born) children.  Your teen is seeking perfection in almost anything he attempts, and so may have difficulty in being decisive;  he may be overly sensitive to critique, and struggle with flexibility or openness to unfamiliar situations.

Compulsive Personality DisorderShe may show repetitive behaviors (as in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder*) that are beyond her power to stop, be preoccupied with rules and details.  Your girl is likely to toil under the weight of his own expectations as well as perceived expectations of those around him, and perhaps even be a workaholic.

Causes are believed to be an interlinking of unbalanced brain chemistry with hereditary and environment factors.

*Note: while sometimes used interchangeably, OCPD should not to be confused with OCD.  An OCD sufferer has unwanted thoughts, but an OCPD sufferer believes his thinking to be natural and appropriate.

Minnesota Girls Academy Offering a Unique Approach for Your Daughter With Compulsive Personality Disorder

A blood test cannot prove a child’s diagnosis; a doctor must determine whether symptoms and life history fit the criteria.  Your teen’s thinking may be so instinctive that he doesn’t see this problem; maybe not until his world crumbles around his feet.

Group/individual and long-term psychotherapy can be invaluable in improving his environment, but your girl will likely be unwilling to change.  You must remember that he has not chosen to have these compulsive thoughts. It is important to encourage him, to help her gain comfort in new ways of thinking, and accept, rather than judge his compulsive behaviors.  Any judgment, perceived or real, only increases the stress he already feels.

Support groups are an excellent option, as a way to gain emotional and social support from the community, assuring your son’s continuing self-sufficiency and steadiness.

Minnesota Girls Academy Raising Your Son’s Vision to See Greater Possibilities in Life

Our program offers a very structured environment to help foster growth in each of our resident’s lives. We use a level system to help teach the residents appreciation, gratitude, responsibility, submission to authority, self-control, leadership, time-management, and a strong work ethic. The first levels are very controlled but as the residents improve and progress, they are awarded higher levels. The higher levels allow for more privileges, freedom, and responsibilities.

We supply a strong sense of responsibility, self-discipline techniques and a renewed love for learning. Our staff of teachers and counselors all have an understanding of the medical and psychological conditions that contribute to unacceptable behavior; they know your girl must remain a distinct individual and solutions must be tailor-made for her success.

Minnesota Girls Academy may be just what you need if you want your good daughter back, with clear thinking and positive pursuits.  Call us at (888) 683-7007 so we can help your daughter be better prepared to meet life’s challenges.