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Personality Disorder

What is it?

People with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) are very focused and striving for perfection and maintaining rules, order and control in their environment. It is not same as obsessive-compulsive disorder, which is a form of anxiety disorder that involves intrusive and repetitive thoughts including a great impulse to repeat certain behaviours. 



  • 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



Talk-therapy are helpful for personality disorders. However, sometimes people with OCPD may also struggles with other mental health challenges which requires medication.