People with Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder are preoccupied with perfectionism and orderliness. Unlike Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), people are not aware that their behaviour is problematic. Although the majority of patients with this personality disorder do not have any obsessions or compulsions, some may eventually go on to develop OCD.
Those with Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder place emphasis on perfectionism above anything else and become anxious when things are not “just right”. This can affect not only their jobs, but also place strain on friends, partners and children. Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder is a fairly common condition, which is more commonly diagnosed in men than women. It is believed that the condition runs in families.
For a client to be diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder, at least four of the following criteria need to be met:
- Preoccupation with lists, organisation, schedules, rules or details
- Perfectionism that interferes with completing tasks
- Workaholic tendencies
- Excessively conscientious, inflexible or scrupulous about morals, ethics or values
- Inability to discard worn-out items which have neither real or sentimental value
- Does not like to delegate tasks to others unless things are completed in his or her own way
- Hoards money for future needs
- Stubborn and rigid