OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – What It’s Like to Live with a Neat Freak

obsessive-compulsive-disorder-neat-freakWe’re all aware of those three little letters that when put together can cause serious problems: OCD. Things that people do in their everyday life, like wash their hands and clean their rooms become harrowing tasks due to their intrusive thoughts and repetitive behaviors. OCD, or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, is an anxiety disorder that traps people in obsessive thoughts and ritualistic behaviors that can be completely disabling. This, however, is very different from a neat freak.

Usually, neat freaks’ overbearing concern about order could be a “shadow syndrome” of OCD, a mild, indistinct expression of OCD. “Neat Freaks” often have certain areas in particular where they’ve set extremely high standards for neatness, and while they could be really aggravating to live with, their neatness does not impair or incapacitate them as it would someone suffering from OCD. For example, they could care less about the mess in the living room, but if one book is out of place in their office, it’s surely a sign of apocalypse and their impending doom.

Any sign of disarray in the areas that neat freaks hold dear troubles them because it signifies for the person a lack of control. Neat freaks are often synonymous with control freaks, and while their actions can be far less debilitating than those with OCD, it may be causing that person stress and anxiety. If you or a loved one live in Manhattan or Bergen County New Jersey and are suffering from unwanted stress or anxiety due to trying to maintain order and cleanliness, the psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners or psychotherapists at Arista Counseling can assist you. Contact our Bergen County, NJ or Manhattan offices of psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment.  Visit http://www.acenterfortherapy.com for more information.


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