Our expert says:
These conditions obviously overlap quite a bit, and there's no reason why GAD might not co-exist with OCD, and especially with Obsessive personality. . But the way to be more sure of a diagnosis and to use it to choose effective help, would be to see a goo local shrink for a proper assessment and discussion. What you describe sounds like an obsessive personality, and CBT can help to modify this usefully, just as it can be really useful, in OCD. Other forms of therapy are much less helpful, and analytic type psychotherapy, at best useless and a waste of money, can be particularly unhelpful in an obsessive person, and is not to be recommended at all.
GOod luck seeing the new doctor, who can hopefully do a competent assessment with an open mind, explain the criteria he is using to make whatever diagnosis he makes, and what evidence he relies on to select therapy for the problem he identifies. Let us know what happens !
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