OCD vs. OCPD: Understanding the Differences

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On ‘Mental Breakthroughs’, host Patricia Wu and guest Jonathan Gustave (“Jono the Giant”) discuss the key differences between OCD and OCPD.

OCD: Obsessions and Compulsions

OCD often involves recurring, intrusive thoughts (obsessions) that lead to repetitive actions (compulsions) aimed at reducing anxiety. A common example is an excessive fear of germs leading to constant handwashing.

OCPD: Inflexibility and Control

OCPD is characterized by a pervasive need for order, perfectionism, and control. People with OCPD may struggle with flexibility, delegating tasks, and often prioritize work over relationships.

The Importance of Therapy

Both OCD and OCPD can be effectively managed with therapy. Jonathan suggests seeking a therapist specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy.

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