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Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)


Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) is a very particular type of personality disorder that is characterized by its unique pattern of making sufferers preoccupied with orderliness, perfectionism mental/interpersonal control. It is often confused with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) because of their many similar shared symptoms, but the two are not one in the same.

Generally speaking, OCPD and OCD have many of the same symptoms. The main difference comes into play in how their respective sufferers think. OCD sufferers have unwanted feelings and thoughts that they are powerless to stop. These unwanted thoughts in turn lead to equally unwanted and undesired actions. OCPD sufferers, however, believe that their thoughts are correct.

Also, people with OCD tend to seek out professional psychological help to cope with the stress caused by carrying out their compulsions or obsessions, because again, they are completely and totally undesired. People with OCPD don’t share this quality because engraved in their mind is the idea there is nothing inherently wrong with them. Rather, they usually seek out some sort of treatment due to the conflict that is created when they refuse to do the accepted thing to the way that their family and friends would want.

Whereas OCD’s symptoms can vary, change and be very obvious over time, OCPD’s symptoms are generally very limited and have only a partial impact on a given sufferer’s personality.

While OCD and OCPD are very different conditions, both require specific treatments. As a result of some of their more similar symptoms, it’s important that anyone who is unsure of what they’re dealing with attend a consultation with a medical professional and get the proper diagnosis.

By committing to a treatment plan dedicated to treating OCD when you in fact have OCPD, you are doing yourself a massive disservice and only prolonging the treatment process. As such, it is important to collect as much information as possible on how to specifically deal with OCPD, and speak to your doctor before committing to any one treatment plan.

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