We can help your boy if he has Compulsive Personality Disorder, (or Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder, or OCPD). This is seen as a fixation with control and perfectionism, revealing itself in highly driven (often, first born) children. Your teenager may find it very hard to be decisive, and be overly sensitive to critique, struggle with flexibility or being open to new situations, as he is essentially seeking perfection in virtually everything he does. He may show repetitive behaviors (as in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder*) that are beyond his control to stop, have a fixation with minutiae and rules, and even be a workaholic.
He’s likely to labor under what he expects of himself, as well as perceived expectations of those around him.
Causes are believed to be interlinking unbalanced brain chemistry with genetic and environmental factors.
*Note: while used interchangeably at times, OCPD should not be confused with OCD. An OCD sufferer has undesired thoughts, but an OCPD sufferer believes his thinking to be natural and correct.
There aren’t blood tests able to verify your child’s diagnosis; a physician must determine whether his symptoms and life history meet the criteria. His thinking may be so instinctive that he does not recognize that he has this problem, possibly not even realizing it until his world shatters around him.
Persistent group/individual and long-term psychotherapy can be highly effective in improving his environment, but he is unlikely to be very open to change. It is important to remember that he has not chosen to have these compulsive thoughts and so any judgment, actual or perceived, only increases the stress he already faces. It is important to support him, to help him feel comfortable in new ways of thinking, and accept him, rather than judge him for compulsive behaviors.
Support groups are an excellent adjunct, as a means to gain emotional and social support from the community, assuring your son’s autonomy and stability.
Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch…Transforming Troubled Boys into Young Men of Character
The very first Teen Challenge school of its kind, we continue to find inventive new ways to help struggling boys, even after 4 decades years of service. We are a Christian, therapeutic boarding school and ranch, devoted to helping troubled boys by applying faith-based solutions to life’s problems.
Our approach to learning is very structured and disciplined. Our approach to teaching, program format and interventional style are all biblically based. We see academic success as a key to long-term life success.
We strive to help the boys become psychologically balanced, physically healthy, mentally sound, academically accomplished, socially adjusted and spiritually alive. We have seen even the most oppositional and out-of-control boys transform their lives and become young men of character and integrity.
With our critical phase Aftercare program, we don’t disappear after your child returns to home and family, but help with his transition challenges, by finding a local mentor, providing continued encouragement and accountability, and avoiding a return to the problems that brought him to us in the first place.
It can be overwhelming to send your child outside your home for the help he needs, and the hardest thing you will ever have to do as a parent. If no other treatments have worked, his problems persist, or are worsening, or his behaviors placing his health or life at risk, consider Teen Challenge for your boy.
Our adventure-based therapy and learning program is second to none. Boys are taught the importance of goals and perseverance; our therapeutic program offers hope to reach their full potential and the opportunity for a new and more productive future.
“Teen Challenge gives our kids something to live for – a relationship with God, a healthy self-esteem, and a direction in their lives that finally leads somewhere.”
Former Attorney General
“Teen Challenge changes the world one person at a time.”
Founder, Prison Fellowship
“The Teen Challenge program succeeds when all of the government programs have failed.”
“Too many young [people] have already lost their lives. Teen Challenge works to change young people’s lives by changing their hearts.”
“In my opinion, Teen Challenge is doing the best all-around job of providing the kids with something meaningful in their lives. And that’s what they all need.”
Former US Drug Czar
“Of all the programs reported to the Commission, the most successful is the program conducted by Teen Challenge.”
Past Director, AT&T Corporation
“Teen Challenge is one of the most successful programs in our country.”