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Obsessive-Compulsive
Personality Disorder

What is it?

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD) differs from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD is a form of anxiety disorder involving intrusive and repetitive thoughts, while OCPD is a personality disorder. People with OCPD are intently focused and strive for perfection in maintaining rules, order and control in their environment. 

 

Symptoms

  • Strive for extreme perfectionism followed by great distress or dysfunction when their strict standards are not met

  • Great preoccupation with orderliness, rules and details to the extent where they may neglect family or friends and have difficulty maintaining close relationships with others

  • Desire to be in control (e.g. of tasks or situations or people) even with the inability to delegate

  • Tendency to have difficulty discarding broken or worthless objects

  • Rigid about morality and values

  • Extremely frugal with money

 

Treatment

Counselling is the primary treatment for OCPD. However, sometimes people with OCPD may also face other mental health challenges that require medication.