Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
By Daisy Lee
Contrary to popular belief, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) is a condition that is separate from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). While OCD is commonly known to consist of attempts at reducing anxiety through habitual actions such as routinely washing hands for extended periods of time, excessive cleaning, and other behaviors, OCPD consists of less severe but equally life-disrupting behaviors. Out of the three clusters of personality disorders, OCPD falls under Cluster C, which is categorized as anxious and fearful. OCPD is defined as a condition in which a person is overly preoccupied with order and organization. People with OCPD tend to be quite inflexible and need everything to be done in their own way. Another common trait is extreme perfectionism to the extent that tasks will be worked on for long periods of time and never finished because the final product is not “perfect.” This type of behavior is often dysfunctional and disruptive to a person’s life because it can be very time-consuming, leaving practically no leisure time. It can also put a strain on or diminish one’s relationships.
If you or anyone you know seems to have obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, consider seeking professional help. The highly qualified psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and psychotherapists at Arista Counseling & Psychotherapy would be glad to assist you. Contact our Paramus, NJ or Manhattan, NY offices at (201) 368-3700 and (212) 722-1920 respectively to set up an appointment.