obsessive compulsive disorders


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder are two types of behavioral disorders characterized by creating control through the perception of perfection. Since humans are imperfect, the afflicted person creates ridged scenarios either for themselves or for others, as a means of control. The futility of this exercise can lead to significant relationship and mental health issues.

With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), the afflicted become captive to recurrent fears, thoughts, or mental images that they are unable to make go away without the intervention of a compulsive behavior that becomes a ritual. Any repetitive behavior that is believed to prevent the obsessed thought from coming to fruition applies. Commonly manifesting in obsessive counting or checking behaviors, the belief that deviating from the perfect performance of these behaviors will result in death of loved ones or some other tragedy are common. As an anxiety disorder, many patients with OCD seek to combat the compulsion and the fear that their failure will impact others negatively. 

In contrast, those with Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD), seek to control their environment through the rigid adherence to lists, orders, and rules. The belief that deviation from those details and rules will result in chaos can keep a sufferer so focused on the minutia and detail that they can't enjoy their lives. In fact, many with OCPD become so focused on perfection that they fail to complete projects, struggle to develop or sustain meaningful relationships, and become financial obsessive and miserly. Men are twice as likely as women to suffer from OCPD, which often has roots in beliefs instilled in childhood about the role of the man in society.

Dr. Warren helps those with obsessive compulsive disorders by identifying the controlling behaviors and helping patients to create new responses to anxiety and lack of perfection in their lives.