Think people with OCD are just uptight, rigid, controlling, and overly meticulous? Think again. People with OCD are not any more uptight or controlling than anyone else who is in a real, truly dangerous situation. The difference is that the person who’s been shot, whose leg has fallen off, whose house is on fire, or whose car has been broken into, has actually had something really dangerous happen to them — whereas the person with OCD may have only touched something which might’ve touched something dirty at one point in the past, but guess what? That person really feels like they are in serious danger. It’s not about being uptight or controlling. I’m not even going to say “it’s not just about that” because it’s not even about that at all. It’s about feelings of danger and fear. Until you understand that, you don’t really understand OCD at all.
Not only that, but telling someone with OCD to “just stop doing” something which is a compulsion to relieve their anxiety, without that person understanding that what they are experiencing is a false alarm and that the danger is not real, is like telling someone whose leg has just fallen off not to go to the hospital because they’re worrying too much.
Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder can be about being perfectionistic and controlling, but even then, if it’s out of meanness or hurtful intent then it’s not because of the OCPD.
That is all.