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Signs and Symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) is a mental condition that is typically characterized by a preoccupation with rules, orderliness and control. It is the most prevalent personality disorder, affecting between 2 and 7 percent of the population. Most people with the disorder tend to be male, as they are twice as likely to be diagnosed as women.

Although their names sound very similar, OCPD is not the same as the obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, one distinguishing difference is that “people with OCD have unwanted thoughts, while people with OCPD believe that their thoughts are correct.” Read on to learn more about this symptom of OCPD, as well as several others to be mindful of…

1. Extreme Perfectionism

While many people struggle with a degree of perfectionism, for people with OCPD it can be a severe problem. According to PsychCentral.com, their perfectionism can be so extreme that it “interferes with task completion.”

For example, the source says that the individual may be “unable to complete a project because his or her own overly strict standards are not met.” Such perfectionism will typically begin by the time a person reaches early adulthood.

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