What Do I Need to Know About OCPD?

The Basics

OCPD can be easy to misunderstand or confuse with other disorders. What is there to know about OPCD? Dr. Mike Emlet, counselor and faculty member at CCEF, shines a light on what OCPD is, its symptoms, and offers two practical steps for people with OCPD.

Mike practiced as a family physician for 12 years before joining the CCEF. He holds an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania as well as a Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary. He has authored Asperger Syndrome, Help for the Caregiver, OCD, Angry Children, and CrossTalk: Where Life & Scripture Meet.  

OCPD describes someone who is so preoccupied with control and order—beyond social norms—that their relationships, efficiency, and flexibility suffer.  

What did you learn about the symptoms of OCPD? Has your perspective on OCPD changed? If so, how?
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What symptoms of OCPD are easy for you to empathize with? Why? What symptoms are harder for you to understand? Why?
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Mike suggests two steps for a person with OCPD include going to counseling and learning more about God’s control. 

If you know someone with OCPD, what can you do this week to encourage your friend or family member? If you have OCPD, have you made either of the steps Mike suggests? If not, what could you do this week to work on giving control over to God?
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Spend more time learning about OCPD this week. The more you understand, the better equipped you will be to love your friend with OCPD or to move forward if you have OCPD. 

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