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Anxiety Disorder vs. Personality Disorder: Differences?

I am confused about anxiety issues and disorders and how they differ from personality disorders (specifically OCD versus OCPD). My counselor helped me to realize that what I thought must be depression (inability to cope with managing our home and kids, letting everything "go" and getting little to nothing done every day) was instead caused by extreme anxiety and perfectionism (fear of success or failure causing me to freeze up). Many of the traits associated with OCPD seem to fit, but my counselor has called it OCD (although I do not have the classic symptoms or traits usually associated with OCD). Anxiety disorders such as OCD and OCPD seem to be so similar, yet many places I've looked seek to differentiate between them. How does one tell what they are dealing with? Does one NEED to know specifically? Are there different medications and treatments that go with the different diagnoses?

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