Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder Diagnosis

(Also Known As: Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder Diagnosis, Ocpd Diagnosis, Anankastic Personality Disorder Diagnosis, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Diagnosis, OCD Diagnosis, Compulsion Diagnosis, Obsession Diagnosis)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

How Is Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder Diagnosed?

According to DSM-IV-TR, in order for an individual to be Diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder, they should possess at least four of the following characteristics:

  • Excessive attention to details, order, bodily functions, lists, rules, or schedules in such a manner that the major aim of the activity is ignored.
  • The patient’s desire for perfection impedes with their ability to accomplish a task.
  • Too much devotion to work and productivity so that they have no more time for leisure and establishing friendships.
  • The patient becomes too conscientious, scrupulous, and inflexible regarding morals, values, and ethical issues.
  • The patient refuses to throw away worn-out or worthless items even if they have no sentimental value.
  • The individual suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder is often hesitant to assign tasks or work with other people unless it subscribes to their method of doing things.
  • An OCPD patient is often stubborn and rigid.
  • Desire for perfection even in the littlest detail.

Likewise, Diagnosis of Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder is determined by a careful evaluation and proper assessment of the individual’s behavior. Aside from that, there should be evidence that the attitudes and behaviors related to Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder impeding the individual’s occupational and interpersonal functioning.

In Diagnosing Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder, it should be distinguished from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Since some characteristics of OCPD are also present in other personality disorders, it is vital to rule them out first.

There are also cases wherein the behavior exhibited by the individual suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder is a normal characteristic within a specific culture, occupation, or religion. To be diagnosed as a personality disorder, such behavior must be impeding the normal functioning of the patient.

It is worth noting that even though an individual may demonstrate any or all of the symptoms of a personality disorder; it is not considered one unless the individual is having difficulty maintaining a normal life because of these issues.

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Related Conditions

Antisocial Personality Disorder – Disregard of the Rights of Others, Lack of Empathy, Manipulation, Deception
Avoidant Personality Disorder – Pervasive Social Inhibition, Extreme Sensitivity Towards Negative Criticisms, Fear of Rejection
Borderline Personality Disorder – Variability of Moods, Anxiety, Split Personality, Unstable Interpersonal Relationships, Distorted Self Image
Dependent Personality Disorder – Pervasive Psychological Dependence on Others, Dependent, Anxiety, Depression, Excessive Need for Others in Order to Become Functional
Narcissistic Personality Disorder – Grandiosity, Self Admiration, Lack of Empathy, Obsession in Oneself, Self-Centeredness
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Intrusive Thoughts, Excessive Dread That Something Negative Will Happen, Irrational Behavior, Repetitive Acts
Paranoid Personality Disorder – Long Standing Suspiciousness, Paranoia, Maladaptive Behavior, Irrational Thinking
Schizotypal Personality Disorder – Need for Social Isolation, Fear of Humiliation, Odd Behavior, Unconventional Beliefs