Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder and Autistic Me

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Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD) is a personality disorder that affects roughly 2 percent of the population. People who have OCPD often feel a sense of perfectionism, which can lead to a lot of stress and anxiety. Because of this, they tend to be rigid or controlling when it comes to people or things that are important to them. This can show up in many ways, but be aware that someone with OCPD is rarely violent or physically harmful. It’s possible for people with OCPD to have autism as well, which can make identifying the disorder even more difficult because Autistic Disorder itself has some similar symptoms.

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People with OCD generally have certain behaviors that are more commonly understood as indications of the disorder, such as repetitive actions, obsessive thoughts, and avoiding certain triggers. People with OCPD may exhibit some of these same behaviors, but they will generally be less severe than those seen in OCD patients. A person with OCPD might have high levels of anxiety or stress due to the need for perfection and control, and might also tend to be rigid and critical of themselves and others. They may feel like their life is chaotic due to this or that they cannot find comfort in anything or anyone. People with OCPD most often know that there is a problem, but they still struggle with feeling overwhelmed because of it.

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At work, people who have OCPD may be hard workers who are always attentive to detail. They might focus on getting one task done at a time, which can make it difficult for them to prioritize or move on to the next thing. This could cause problems with coworkers because people with OCPD often struggle with delegating tasks, and they also tend not to take criticism well. If they’re having problems, then the people around them probably are as well. At home, it can be challenging to live with someone who has this disorder because they might be very particular and take a long time to complete tasks. They could also struggle with expressing positive feelings and tend to focus on what is lacking in their relationships instead of seeing the good. If they’re not happy, then those around them probably aren’t either.

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People with OCPD may also struggle with depressive symptoms and anxiety. They might feel like there is no outlet or comfort for their feelings, and they might isolate themselves as a result. They could even become suicidal if they don’t receive the appropriate treatment, so it’s important to recognize that this disorder can have serious consequences. Unfortunately, people with OCPD are often misdiagnosed with other disorders because their symptoms do not fit neatly into any one category.

If you’re struggling to identify what’s going on in your life, then talk to a therapist who specializes in personality disorders or mental health issues. Mine saved my life…

7 responses to “Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder and Autistic Me”

  1. This describes my sister and explains why so much of her remains trapped inside. its so hard to struggle with a level of perfectionism that is such a deep defense against not being loved for our true selves.

  2. The very heart of your writing whilst sounding reasonable at first, did not settle perfectly with me after some time. Someplace within the sentences you managed to make me a believer unfortunately only for a while. I still have a problem with your leaps in assumptions and you would do nicely to fill in those gaps. When you actually can accomplish that, I would surely end up being amazed.

    • Thank you for your feedback, I only visit Normal, so naturally you would see some gaps since I am Neurodivergent and have to figure out ‘how’ to communicate efficiently with everyone…

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