Anxiety Disorders & Trauma Clinic
 

Perfectionism

What is perfectionism?

Perfectionism is often described as the desire to achieve high standards of performance. Whilst setting high standards can be advantageous at times, some people experience difficulties if these standards are unrealistic or unattainable.

When is perfectionism a problem?

While perfectionism can sometimes be helpful, many people complain that perfectionism impacts negatively on their lives. Perfectionism becomes unhelpful when it gets in the way of you being able to do the things you want to do.

For some people, perfectionism can lead to serious difficulties. For example, procrastination, frustration, worry, depression, relationship difficulties, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, repeated checking of work and excessive time taken to complete tasks.

What treatments are available? Cognitive Behavioural treatments are available for people who suffer from perfectionism.