Personality disorder - obsessive-compulsive
Medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (for example, Prozac) may help reduce some of the anxiety and depression from this disorder.
However, talk therapy (psychotherapy) is thought to be the most effective treatment for this condition.
In some cases, medications combined with talk therapy may be more effective than either treatment alone.
The outlook for people with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder tends to be better than that for other personality disorders. The rigidness and control of OCPD may prevent many of the complications such as drug abuse, which are common in other personality disorders.
However, the social isolation and difficulty handling anger that are common with this illness may lead to feelings of depression and anxiety later in life.
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if perfectionism is interfering with your job or relationships.
Moore DP, Jefferson JW. Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. In: Moore DP, Jefferson JW, eds. Handbook of Medical Psychiatry. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2004: chap 142.
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