I Am That Girl Now

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

More OCPD things I've found

This is serving as sort of a bookmark for me at the moment-- sorry, folks.

Another descriptive article about OCPD.

A much more in-depth series of articles.

Too Perfect: When Being In Control Gets Out Of Control by Allan Mallinger and Jeannette Dewyze-- a book I've seen recommended and which I seriously have to get.

OCPD board on MSN.

Online self-tests for OCPD.


  • So are you going to get officially tested for OCD? And if you are OCD is there anything you can do about i.e. therapy, drugs?

    By Blogger PastaQueen, at 10:01 AM  

  • 1) It's not OCD, it's OCPD. Please don't confuse the two; it makes me feel uncomfortably as if you're assuming that I have very odd tics like Jack Nicholson in that one movie with Helen Hunt.

    2) Drugs are not generally found to be useful, due to the nature of the thing; long-term therapy usually is. Either way, getting tested means a psychotherapist which means fighting with our insurance again, and considering that my shoulder cost us $300 (I so totally wish I was kidding), the likelihood that my insurance gives a rat's ass about my mental state is very slim.

    3) Happily, everything that's recommended to treat OCPD would not hurt me at all even if I am not, in fact, possessed of OCPD, so hey, what the hell: meditation and working on strengthening my ego in order to mediate in the super-ego vs. id wars in my head... not a bad way to go.

    By Blogger Meg, at 11:19 AM  

  • Thanks for the additional info. I guess I knew it wasn't OCD like in that movie, but didn't really realize there were two different disorders. The world has too many acronyms and it's tough to keep them all straight.

    Your plan for working on your OCPD sounds like a winner. And no copayments necessary.

    By Blogger Laura N, at 8:36 PM  

  • Yeah, I had no idea this thing existed until I almost literally tripped over it. A better term for it is "perfectionist personality disorder"; it's one thing to have a perfectionistic personality, it's a whole other thing to have it go overboard.

    The more I read up on other people's experiences on the OCPD board, the more jaw-dropping moments I have, because some of these folks COULD BE ME. Well, not my ME-ness, but all the weird quirks: compulsively spelling correctly even in IM conversations, leaving things in piles until they can get around to the arduous task of very specific organization, feeling like everything people ask (even asking myself!) is a demand, and digging in and getting all stubborn and refusing to do it. Hell, that last part is such a big thing that it even has its own name: demand-resistance. I didn't know it existed and I HAVE BEEN DOING IT MY ENTIRE LIFE.

    So, my goals today: 1) replace self-talk of "I have to", "I must", "I should", etc., with "I want to", and 2) do my best to live "right behind my eyes" as much as possible, staying in what's happening NOW and not retreating deep inside my head as I am wont to do.

    By Blogger Meg, at 7:52 AM  

  • Please consider cognitive therapy (sounds like your goals today are exactly that)...there are tons of good books on it...

    It helps you to change the monologue in your head that in this case is PPD...."must be perfect or nothing".

    By Anonymous faithful fan, at 9:09 AM  

  • Meg
    Love your blog & how open you are with your personal growth and development.

    I took one of the tests you linked to. I scored 70. I am a hair's breadth away from OCPD.

    "56-70. Moderately O-C. You are adaptive but uptightness has crept into your personality function, and you experience uncomfortable days of high tension."

    I think I used to be worse but B-school taught me the wonderful concept of satisficing (i.e. choosing the "good enough" option not the "best" option). As with all things it just takes practice.

    Be well.

    By Anonymous Cathy, at 8:13 PM  

  • Meg,
    Thank you for these links. I scored in the "severely O-C" range. I've taken other tests that indicate the same, but never really questioned that it was a problem. It's just who I am.

    By Blogger Jarrett Meyer, at 7:55 PM  

  • Hi Meg,

    First off, I came across your site and wanted to say thanks for providing a great OCD resource to the community.

    I thought you might find this infographic interesting, as it shows detailed information about the social signs of OCD to look for, and has proved to be a great hit with our readers: http://www.healthline.com/health/ocd/social-signs

    Naturally, I’d be delighted if you share this embeddable graphic on http://iamthatgirlnow.blogspot.com/2007/06/more-ocpd-things-ive-found.html , and/or share it with your followers on social. Either way, keep up the great work Meg!

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    By Anonymous Nicole.lascurain@healthline.com, at 1:06 PM  

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