Tag: Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)

Eating Disorders - Ales Zivkovic Psychotherapy and Counselling Primrose Hill & Belsize Park

Eating Disorders

There are many types of eating disorders but the most prevalent ones are know to be anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating disorder (BED). Nutritional nervosa, which is characterised by obsessing over nutrition also seems to be gaining importance with the rise of clean eating. As with any other disorder, a person does not need to be officially diagnosed with an eating disorder for them to be suffering from it’s symptoms. One may present with traits of an eating disorder but not meet official diagnostic criteria of one. Apart from the behaviour related directly to the condition itself, eating disorders are often accompanied by anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive traits.

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Obsessive-Compulsive Personality disorder (OCPD)

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)

Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) is a developmental disorder that needs to be differentiated from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It is important to know that obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) resembles OCD much less than the name suggests if we take a look at the DSM criteria—in the way that OCPD is not characterised neither by obsessions nor by compulsions. However, looking at OCPD as a point on neurotic spectrum leading to OCD might be a better way to look at it—also when facing with OCPD or OCD in therapy.

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Obsessions, Compulsions

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition characterised by, as its name suggests, obsessions and compulsions. It should, however, be noted that official psychiatric diagnosis differentiates if from obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD), which regardless of its name is not characterised by actual obsessions and compulsions. OCD is anxiety based condition, which can be successfully attended to in psychotherapy or counselling. When faced with OCD in a therapy room, the condition itself is not hard to diagnose and differentiate from other conditions, however, people presenting with OCD will sometimes tend to hide their symptoms from the therapist due to the sense of shame.

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