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International Journal of Applied Philosophy

Volume 26, Issue 2, Fall 2012

Elliot D. Cohen
Pages 245-252

Is Perfectionism a Mental Disorder?

This paper brings to bear empirical evidence from a sample of undergraduate students to show that perfectionism can be a fundamental cognition behind the essential symptoms of some anxiety and mood disorders, notably Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Major Depression; and it suggests that this popular “philosophy of life” may helpfully be used in diagnosing these disorders.

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