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Obsessive–Compulsive Personality Disorder - OCPD Disorder – and OCD Disorder

Updated on December 1, 2010

Strict Routines

Diseases come in many different forms. There are those among us we may be thinking they are health but the truth is that they are not. One such disease is called obsessive–compulsive personality disorder (OCPD). OCPD is a personality disorder which involves an obsession with perfection, rules, and organization. These people may not look sick but the way they do things may be very worrying especially to close family members. This may be your father who over the time you have known him to be a dad who always feels anxious when things are not done right. This may have lead to strict routines and rules for doing things at home and at his place of work. This may result in his children wondering what the essence of life and whether this dad think life is permanent for him only.

OCPD - Ever preoccupied with details, rules, lists, order, organization, and schedules of doing things.
OCPD - Ever preoccupied with details, rules, lists, order, organization, and schedules of doing things.

OCPD Symptoms

Obsessive–Compulsive Personality Disorder is a disease that will affect a member of the family without the other members realizing that he is sick and in need of medical attention. The symptoms one need look for include:

1. A person being preoccupied with details, rules, lists, order, organization, and schedules of doing things

2. A person being very rigid and inflexible in what he belief is right.

3. A person who shows perfectionism which cost him too much time to complete a task.

4. A person always trying to be productive with his time but not much to show for that time.

5. A person with inflexible values, ethics and morality

6. A persons with a tendency to hoard old items that may no longer have value

7. A person with difficult trusting work assignments to someone else - includes his workmates and even his own children fearing that good standards will not be met.

Obsession with Cleanliness

One all very common symptom is an obsession for cleanliness. For example, a father may become so much obsessive with his car that every now and then he is polishing his car. He considers his car to be more important than his wife or his own children. If you can spot a person with at least four of these symptoms, then that person is very likely to be suffering from Obsessive–Compulsive Personality Disorder and need to see a doctor.

Promotion after Promotion

The good thing with this Obsessive–Compulsive Personality Disorder is that the sick guy may be getting promotion after promotion with his employer thinking that the guy is a very hardworking employee.

OCD Disorder

On the other hand there is this disorder called Obsessive–compulsive disorder - OCD disorder. OCD disorder is a mental disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce anxiety, by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing anxiety. OCD disorder can also be by combination of obsessions and compulsions thoughts. The common symptom of OCD disorder may range from repetitive washing of hands to extensive hoarding of things and extending to pre-occupation with sexual, religious and aggressive impulses. The symptoms of Obsessive–compulsive disorder - OCD can be very time consuming to those suffering from OCD disorders and may cause them severe economic loss.

Ritualistic Behaviors

Many people usually confuse Obsessive–Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD) with Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD disorder). One can suffer from both Obsessive–Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD) and Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD disorder). The main difference between OCPD and OCD is that people suffering from OCPD will not repeatedly perform ritualistic behaviors of sexual, religious and aggressive impulses preoccupations.


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    • MPG Narratives profile image

      Marie Giunta 

      8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I agree with kathryn, what does one do when they live with someone who doesn't believe they have a problem. They blame the other person for not doing things properly even though the sufferer never actually finishes anything. It is a very frustrating condition and for anyone who lives with a sufferer I applaud them for their patience.

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      8 years ago from London

      I found that helpful as I know someone living in an unfinished house for several years.But what can one do when the person doesn't realise themselves?


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