A person with obsessive compulsive personality disorder is:
- anxious about issues that seem out of control or "messy"
- preoccupied with orderliness and ways to control their environment
They may come across to others as a "control freak".
Other features include:
- having an excessive interest in lists, timetables and rules
- perfectionism – being so focused on completing a task perfectly that they struggle to finish it
- being a workaholic
- having very rigid views about issues like morality, ethics and how a person should behave
- hoarding items that seem to have no monetary or sentimental value
- being unable to delegate tasks to other people
- disliking spending money, as they think it's always better to save for a "rainy day"
Differences to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
This personality disorder differs from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
People with OCD are aware that their behaviour is abnormal and are anxious about it. Whereas, most people with obsessive compulsive personality disorder think their behaviour is acceptable. They usually have no desire to change it.
Some people with OCD feel the need to carry out rituals. For example, having to touch every second lamppost as they walk down the street. This is not usually the case with people with obsessive compulsive personality disorder.
People with OCD may feel the need to make lists or organise items in their house, but feel anxious about doing so. People with obsessive compulsive personality disorder feel less anxiety through such tasks. They may become irritated when prevented from doing so.