8 Tips on How to Recognize Someone With Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

September 27, 2014 4:35 PM

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People with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder do not necessarily have the more commonly discussed obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), although many individuals think the two conditions are the same. Those with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) generally have an inflexible pattern of thinking, feeling, and behaving, whereas those with obsessive-compulsive disorder have obsessions (recurrent, persistent thoughts) and compulsions (repetitive behaviors).

Sound confusing? Michael's story is fairly typical of OCPD. By 25, Michael had established his career as a dancer in a modern troupe. He diligently practiced dancing every evening without missing a night. By day he worked as a waiter in a café. His co-workers knew he was finicky and they often tease...

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