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What is the difference between OCD and OCPD?

Asked by Demi , Last updated: Jul 16, 2020

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N. Jarah

N. Jarah

Answered Jun 26, 2020

OCD stands for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; it is a form of anxiety disorder. The signs and symptoms progress over time. They need to seek medical help quickly in order to control their irritational nature of behavior. These people usually accept their medical condition because it can be seen. OCPD stands for Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder, is a form of personality disorder; the signs and symptom remain the same without changing.

It cannot be recognized hen seen. These people need help because they can fight with family and friends over small or meaningful issues. OCPD affects people's performance in their everyday lives, and people with OCPD usually refuse treatment since the symptoms and signs are not seen.


D. Peter

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Answered Jun 16, 2020

OCD stands for obsessive-compulsive disorder, while OCPD stands for obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. OCD is an anxiety illness that is characterized by constant checking, rechecking, and counting. It is a behavior that you cannot help but enact because you feel that something terrible would happen if you did not. These types of compulsions include returning home to check if you closed the garage door, or if you left the stove running.

Also, counting something incessantly or arranging the contents of your kitchen cabinets in alphabetical order and continually cleaning or hoarding. If these behaviors are not repeated, the person cannot function normally. With OCPD, the main difference is that there is an inflexibility involved, as well as a need to be perfect. The main characteristics of this are strict adherence to the rules and the need to keep everything a certain way all the time. Someone with this disorder will often not like to give responsibility to others because of the desire to maintain perfection and order.


C. Lucan

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Answered Jun 07, 2020

OCD is an abbreviation for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, which is considered a type of anxiety disorder in which the victim experiences a repetitive obsession and compulsion. An OCD patient becomes trapped in a repetitive thought; he is also preoccupied with distressing and senseless behaviors that would prove very difficult to overcome. While OCPD, on the other hand, stands for Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder. OCPD is referred to as a type of personality disorder that involves an obsession with rules, perfection, and organization. OCPD can be easily diagnosed when it becomes persistent to a person. Obsessions and compulsions are usually present in OCD but absent in OCPD.

The symptoms of OCD usually fluctuates but with a little change with personality. OCPD needs treatment due to some conflicts, while OCD needs treatment due to psychological stress. Someone suffering from OCD is preoccupied senseless behaviors while a victim of OCPD just has an obsession with rules, organization, and perfection.


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