Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)

Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD), also known as anankastic personality disorder, presents a persistent pattern of behavior that includes a fixation on orderliness, perfectionism, excessive attention to details, mental and interpersonal control, and a need for control over one's environment. Persons who suffer from this employ rituals in their daily life to the point of excluding leisure activities and experience a great of mental distress when in a situation that they cannot control.

OCPD victims are known to bathe multiple times per day, repeatedly check doors and windows before leaving home, cleaning compulsively, or spend hours arranging pictures or straightening fringe on rugs. Some use counting rituals such as chewing food a specific number of times before swallowing. Research has shown that their may be an overlap between OCPD, Asperger's syndrome, and eating disorders.

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