Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) is characterized by the pursuit of control, order, excellence, morality, or achievement. Pursuit of control, order, and purity in OCPD often interferes with one’s ability to be efficient, get along with others, or to live life outside of work. It is not uncommon for persons with OCPD to tailor their lives around maximizing the perfection of their work while maintaining little personal contact with friends and family. OCPD can make it difficult to be satisfied with any activities, efforts, tasks, or interactions that are not perfect. Chasing perfection can cause people with OCPD to work extremely long hours. OCPD standards can be so high that hours are lost to perfecting the details of tasks to the detriment of efficiency or task completion.

Striving for order, control, and perfection can be powerful. The problem is that people with OCPD often create disorder, chaos, and imperfection by rigidly striving for these ideals. Creating perfect order in one domain of life can create such an imbalance that meaningful relationships, health, spirituality, and enjoyment in life are sacrificed.

Treatment at Thriving Point may give you the chance to harness your drive and focus in a way that can foster connection, health, and balance.