Sometimes Michael would even pick up used dishes with napkins, fearing that he would be contaminated otherwise. Standard ones lined his bed, designer ones were in the living room on his couch, and a big red one was on a mat that he used to work out.
After a hard day at the restaurant and stressful night of practice he'd come home, stretch out somewhere, and happily grab a pillow to put under his head.
Afterward, the social worker who led the group took Michael aside and recommended a psychiatrist.
Then he found it necessary to balance all his pillows.
He explained his problems to his weekly psychotherapy group, which he had considered eliminating to save time.
People with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder do not necessarily have the more commonly discussed obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), although many individuals think the two conditions are the same. By 25, Michael had established his career as a dancer in a modern troupe.Those with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) generally have an inflexible pattern of thinking, feeling, and behaving, whereas those with obsessive-compulsive disorder have obsessions (recurrent, persistent thoughts) and compulsions (repetitive behaviors). He diligently practiced dancing every evening without missing a night. His co-workers knew he was finicky and they often teased him about not being able to touch leftovers on customers' plates.Everyone told him to take it easy, complaining that he looked too gaunt and seemed to be straining himself. He slept only four hours a night to squeeze in more practice time and ate even less.He began to realize that something was, in fact, wrong when he found himself compelled to align the pillows perfectly on his bed and couch before he could fall asleep.
He doubled his practice time, reduced his hours at the restaurant and tried to lose even more weight.He was already quite fit, but he knew that the artistic director of the troupe liked his male dancers to look almost anorexic.