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October 2010

Teen Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

by Staff, on at risk youth, obsessive compulsive personality disorder, teen disorders, Teen Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder, teen ocd, teen personality disorder

We all have some fears, we all fear anxiety and we all worry. We all have these emotions which are quite normal, we need them to protect ourselves and they are triggered by our self defense mechanism in certain situations. But for normal people this emotions and feelings last shortly, usually until the problem is resolved. On the other hand people with OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder all of these feelings are taken to the extreme. They always have a certain worry, doubt or fear in their mind, unable to sort out real dangers from fiction.

Most scientists put OCD in the anxiety type of personality disorders. OCS is manifested in the way that a person always worries too much about something that can be harmful, dirty, or dangerous and the things that may happen, they live a life of what if! They can’t control their thoughts and often without a cause a scary thought will pop into their minds and they can’t get rid of it. But in most cases OCD causes people to worry about simple things like when something is out of order, or simply doesn’t feel right, like the number of tables in a classroom or the way someone writes. Certain people have a need to count things over and over again or to repeat certain rituals in order to feel better and to make the thought go away.

The causes of OCD are not known for certain, but research shows that one of the causes is the level of serotonin in our brain. It seems that people with OCD have low quantities of serotonin running through their brain or none at all which causes their brain to misunderstand information received and starts alarms.

It was also found that OCD is an inherited personality disorder. It is not 100% sure that you will inherit OCD, but if someone in your family had OCD you have a greater predisposition of developing this type of personality disorder.

The usual treatment of teens with Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder is cognitive-behavioral therapy which is a form of talk therapy offering various methods to combat OCD. It consists of exposure and ritual prevention. Most cases can be successful treated or the symptoms can be lowered to a minimum by learning to deal with the needs our brain causes. Medication therapy is only an option if the patient show sings of depression or aggressive behavior, so use of antidepressants is recommended. Regular OCD without the influence of other types of personality disorder is usually treated with the form of talk therapy mentioned above. Staff