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Medical Biochemical reason behind (neurotic) perfectionism

  1. Apr 27, 2017 #1
    Is the reason behind neurotic perfectionism known? I'm looking for the molecular basis of this kind of perfectionism but couldn't find much on Google - Web and Scholar.
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  3. Apr 27, 2017 #2

    jim mcnamara

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    Try googling to OCD - obsessive-compulsive disorder. And I do not know if there is any really complete biochemical explanation. NIMH is where you want to go for any known answers.

    Google NIMH: OCD biochemistry and you get lots of hits. All with valid information.
    Here is one:

    I get the idea that you are really trying to answer some other question, not the one you stated.
  4. Apr 27, 2017 #3
    No, I'm trying to find an answer to the question I stated.

    Does a case of (neurotic) perfectionism necessarily have to be one of OCD?
  5. Apr 27, 2017 #4


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    The DSM-V defines perfectionism as an aspect of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Whilst the DSM is obviously subject to change it represents that the current consensus is that the two are related.
    http://www.psi.uba.ar/academica/carrerasdegrado/psicologia/sitios_catedras/practicas_profesionales/820_clinica_tr_personalidad_psicosis/material/dsm.pdf [Broken]

    As with most mental health disorders the underlying mechanism is not completely understood, especially at a biochemical level. The paper suggested by Jim is a good start for you as it looks into some of the physiological differences within the brains of OCD patients.
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  6. Apr 30, 2017 #5
    "Neurotic perfectionism," as phrased, would actually be a manifestation of Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder, which is a disorder distinct from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.


    Confusion arises because of the similar names and because many with one disorder also have the other: they are often comorbid.

    That said, the cause of both is still unknown.
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