Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

Although the name of obsessive-compulsive personality disorder sounds similar to that of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) the two are distinctly different. OCD is an anxiety-based disorder, while obsessive-compulsive personality disorder is characterized by the need for routines and orderliness in order to achieve perfection and is unrelated to anxiety itself.

Some of the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive personality disorder are:


  • Extreme preoccupation with lists, rules, organization and details
  • Inability to complete projects because they will not be perfect
  • Reluctance to delegate tasks due to fear that those tasks will not completed correctly
  • Stubbornness


Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder can be treated in many ways, including through pharmacological therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy or talk therapy. One of Insight Psychological’s licensed counsellors will conduct an assessment first in order to determine which therapeutic options may work best. Please call us today. We have six Alberta locations to best serve you.