Raquel Buchanan, featured blogger on The Pretty Brain
When people think about a person with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) they often imagine a Type-A personality, who is obsessed with organizing, cleaning, or orderliness, and may be a perfectionist. The lack of information and dynamic understanding of what OCD really is causes many people to believe that OCD is a personality trait or quirk. The misrepresentation of OCD symptoms as a personality feature overshadows the presence of a more serious illness. Interestingly, the type of person we commonly associate with the profile of OCD is more likely to be diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD).
Raquel Buchanan is a mental health profession in southern California who blogs about life and relationships. Raquel is on a mission to spread awareness about the impact of violence, abuse, and trauma. The information contained on this site is for entertainment purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional assistance. Contents contained in these blogs are based on true stories or the experiences of several several people and are fictional. Identifying information has been changed to protect the anonymity and confidentiality of therapy patients.