Living with Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD) is challenging. It can frustrate loved ones, make everyday tasks seem arduous, and can effect overall well being. OCPD is considered an anxiety disorder and is often confused with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Although the two disorders have similar names, they are actually quite different.
OCD is a disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, recurring thoughts and behaviors, which he feels the need to constantly repeat. OCPD is generally characterized by needs for orderliness, perfectionism, excessive attention to detail, a need to control the surrounding environment and emotions, being overly conscientious and excessively devoted to work and productivity.
Those with OCPD put themselves under constant pressure to keep order, stick to a prescribed schedule, meet unrealistic expectations, and are often inflexible and self-critical when things don’t go as planned. Studies have found that 7.9 percent of Americans suffer from OCPD, making it the most common personality disorder.