The person with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder is overcautious and doubtful, concerned with lists, order, rules, details, organization and plans. Excessive perfectionism often hinders the completion of tasks, and an oversensitive conscience in relation to performing and "being good" often occur at the expense of social interaction.

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Symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder? 

A personality disorder is characterized by abnormalities in the personality. The condition manifests itself already in adolescence and continues into adulthood.

The person with an obsessive-compulsive disorder has a persistent pattern of order, perfectionism, mental and interpersonal control, at the expense of flexibility, openness and efficiency. 

The person with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder is overcautious and doubtful, concerned with lists, order, rules, details, organization and plans. Excessive perfectionism often hinders the completion of tasks, and an oversensitive conscience in relation to performing and "being good" often occur at the expense of social interaction. 

The person is very concerned about complying with conventions / rules, and can be perceived as rigid and stubborn. The person with this disorder often demands that others conform to their way of doing things, and has intrusive and insistent thoughts or impulses, which are expressed in the form of compulsive behavior and thinking.

 

According to the diagnostic tool SCID-II, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder is characterized by the following traits

 

  1. Is concerned with details, rules, forms, order, organization or systems to the extent that the essentials of the activity are lost. 
  2. Shows perfectionism that prevents the job from being completed (e.g. is unable to complete a project because the person's own too strict standards are are not met). 
  3. Is excessively engaged in work and productivity at the expense of leisure activities and friendships. 
  4. Is conscientious, absolute and rigid when it comes to morals, ethics or values. 
  5. Is unable to discard worn-out or worthless items, even if they have no sentimental value.
  6. Is unwilling to delegate tasks or to work with others, as long as they do not agree to do things exactly the way himself/herself do. 
  7. Is stingy both when it comes to the person himself and others, - money is something that must be pickled in the event of future disasters. 
  8. Shows rigidity and stubbornness.

 

What helps with obsessive-compulsive disorder?

The treatment of personality disorders aims to create better social functioning and adaptation. In addition, attempts are made to reduce acute symptoms, such as psychosis. Furthermore, support is provided to ride out crises in relation to those closest to them.

In the treatment context, personality disorders are divided into two groups: mild and severe personality disorders. The mild personality disorders include avoidant, obsessive-compulsive and dependent personality disorders, while the rest are considered among the most severe.

The main treatment for the mild personality disorders is long-term psychotherapy. This is done by a specialist. Some will need additional treatment for depression and anxiety.

In the case of severe personality disorders, hospitalization and medical treatment in crises may be necessary, in addition to long-term psychotherapy. Supportive talks with a general practitioner may also be relevant.