Dear 100 Hour Board,
Regarding Board Question #41455. The author of the question is describing one of the classic descriptors/complaints of individuals with OCPD (obsessive compulsive personality disorder). This is very different from the classic OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). This disorder often initially appears early in life but does not become pathologic or debilitating until the individual reaches their late teens or early 20's (like a college student, for example). Here is a link to the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria http://www.biologicalunhappiness.com/DSM-OCPD.htm. This disorder belongs to the cluster C personality trait disorders. These traits are very amenable to therapy and/or medication. I do agree with the comments and recommendations from the board writers; however, if this has been going on for some time now, if it is getting worse, or if the author meets the other diagnostic criteria from the link it is very important for the author to seek professional help. OCPD can be debilitating if left untreated, but it is easily treated.