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Perfectionist Husband

I have been married to a man for 20 years and have finally come to the conclusion that I feel he suffers from some sort of mental disorder. let me describe these behaviors to you:

  1. he is a perfectionist
  2. he is not at all open minded
  3. he takes a good thing, and tries to make it better and with doing that, usually ruins it
  4. does things to the extreme
  5. has got to complicate any task or job by being so thorough
  6. cannot "not sweat the small stuff"
  7. does not learn from his mistakes
  8. is somewhat gullible

my marriage has suffered terribly from this, we went to counseling, some past emotional things for him came up in relation to his parents which I think had a great deal to do with why he learned this type of behavior. he is obsessed with sex and cannot get enough, even though we have it 2 to 3 times a week. please tell me if there is a name to this? is it obsessive-compulsive personality disorder? I am going to talk to a doctor friend next week and explain some of this to her, but I don't thing he will go for therapy anymore, because he says yes, then a few days later, changes his mind. does medication help in this instance? what can I do if he wont go for help? our counselor said he has a long way to go because he is so black and white. please help me.

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