The Differences Between OCD and a Perfectionistic Personality

The Differences Between OCD and a Perfectionistic Personality

The term “OCD” is routinely used in casual conversations to label someone who may be extremely detailed with specific tasks or their daily routines. We all may have strange idiosyncrasies such as avoiding bath sponges, organizing our closet by color and pattern, or refusing to touch the restroom door in public, but these habits should not be confused with obsessive-compulsive disorder. OCD is often misunderstood as a disorder that simply means being overly detailed or perfectionistic. In fact, OCD can be debilitating for individuals who, for example, have to repeatedly wash their hands until they bleed, and continue to do...

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