Have you ever heard anyone say, “I’m just a perfectionist”? Probably not in that way. But when you compare a perfectionist to someone with obsessive-compulsive disorder, you’re really talking about different personality types.
Many people call themselves perfectionists or OCD or even “anal” without really knowing what those terms mean. This is especially true with it comes to the OCD title. People tend to throw around phrases like, “Oh my gosh, I am so OCD” without really understanding what obsessive-compulsive disorder really refers to.
According to Psychology Today, “Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions).”
OCD is something that cannot be controlled. In fact, it’s an obsession that, if not treated correctly, could seriously impact a person’s work, home, and/or social life.
This quiz below is not an official testing method, of course, but it is a way to learn more about mental health. I was surprised by some of the questions in this quiz, and I am sure you will be as well.
Maybe it is time to stop throwing around the OCD title and just tell it like it is. “I’m a bit of a perfectionist.”
So, are you OCD, Anal, or just a Perfectionist? Take the quiz below to find out!
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If you want to discover if you’re a true perfectionist, then also try this quiz. Other traits, like nail biting, can also be a sign of perfectionism.
Of course, these quizzes are not scientific or meant to diagnosed a real disorder, so please speak with a professional if you have any questions or concerns!
If you landed somewhere on the OCD spectrum, then consider these next steps.