As mentioned in my previous post, after reading DSM -5 there are three Cluster C disorders:

  • Avoidance Personality Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
  • Dependent Personality Disorder

Having covered dependent personality disorder, now I am going to take a look at obsessive-compulsive personality disorder as it applies to my personal life.

Cluster C – Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder is defined as:

Obsessive–compulsive personality disorder is a personality disorder characterized by a general pattern of concern with orderliness, perfectionism, excessive attention to details, mental and interpersonal control, and a need for control over one’s environment, at the expense of flexibility, openness to experience, and efficiency.

Ok, here we go. Several years ago, when I moved from West Hollywood to Downtown Los Angeles, my cat, The Cannon Ball, jumped out the window. Yes, it was and is horrific and traumatizing. Was it suicide, or maybe he wasn’t adjusting well to his new environment, who knows. Sadly, one of the reasons I moved downtown was to live in a loft with big open windows. But, once that incident occurred, due to The Fat Man (my other cat) those windows remained barely open.

Now, every time, EVERY TIME I leave my place I check to make sure they are properly open and when I walk out the door I can barely get to the elevator before I have to walk back and check on them. Sometimes I make it to my garage, get on my Vespa, but have to turn around and go back to check. I believe personality disorders are a product of your environment so it would make sense for me to suffer from aspects of an obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. Am I a perfectionist? Yes. Do I pay attention to detail? Yes, but what does “excessive” truly mean. Is my place orderly? Yes, but not when I’m depressed. Do I have a need to control myself mentally, interpersonally and over my environment? No. However, when I was a child, and things didn’t go how I expected, I had a really hard time adjusting. BUT that could be part of symptoms of my Bipolar II disorder.

So where does that leave me? I’m going to lean toward no. I do not suffer from obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.  Although at times I may manifest attributes of having it, I don’t believe it’s enough to justify that diagnosis. Thank God.

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