Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

Written by Sarah A.

It is likely that you must have heard a person use the term “OCD” on someone just because the person expresses profound hygiene traits and cleanliness. Well, there is no iota of truth in that because one symptom cannot be used to diagnose a person with a disorder. In fact, that particular trait is not a symptom of OCD like people call it but of OCPD.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a rather an anxiety disorder marked with the presence of true obsessions that are mostly irrational thought which are persistently occurring and interfering with the quality of the person’s life and daily function. On the other hand, Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD) is a personality disorder. It involves traits that are long term and stable which are kind of problematic in a way.

Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder is characterized by extreme need for control, orderliness and perfection. A person experiencing this disorder will also want to take charge of everything in their lives leaving no room for flexibility. Unlike OCD, people with OCPD can control their thoughts, they hardly can see their traits problematic but rather with an aim and a purpose.

Symptoms of OCD

According to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) a person is said to have Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder if the person shows at least 4 of these symptoms.

  • Inability to be flexible, always being rigid.
  • Duly devoted to productivity.   
  • Excessive need for order and perfectionism.
  • An overwhelming need to be on time
  • A rid conformity to rules and regulation
  • Fixation with making a list and following them duly
  • A sense of righteousness about how things should go or be done.
  • Adopt a spending style on self and others.
  • Inability to delegate tasks to people even if they are closely related.
  • Over conscientiousness.


There is no doubt that when it comes to disorders there is need for more treatment as it has been observed that most treatment plans for personality disorders are usually therapy or medications or both.   

At Zari Care, we offer therapy that can help you recover quickly.

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