Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder Symptoms

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

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Are The Symptoms Associated with Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder?

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder is associated with a pervasive preoccupation with mental, behavioral, and emotional control of self and others. People suffering from OCPD are excessively conscientious. They exhibit poor problem solving skills and are highly inefficient. Their need for control and order is easily rattled by any changes in their schedule or problematic incidents.

The following qualities are also characteristic of an individual suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder:

Poor Decision Making Skills

An individual suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder has trouble making decisions. Their inability to determine correct decisions can be a source of anxiety for them. People with OCPD usually place a huge amount of pressure on their shoulders as well as on other people to avoid mistakes. The main philosophy of an individual with OCPD is to make a correct decision. The indecision of an individual with Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder can have drastic effects on their academic, interpersonal, and professional relationships.

Emotional Rigidity

An individual suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder is emotionally volatile. Effectively dealing with emotions can be a source of anxiety for the individual suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder. It is very common for an OCPD sufferer to display anger as a reaction to emotions.

Depressed Mood

Oftentimes, an individual suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder would do anything in order to live up to the high expectations they impose on themselves. As a result, they become depressed and disappointed whenever they fail to live to the standards they set for themselves. The depression and disappointment they feel can lead to the development of low self-esteem and inadequacy.

Dichotomous Thinking

An individual suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder often engages in dichotomous thinking. For the patient, there are only two perspectives in life—good or bad. Everything that is conceived as pure and wholesome is valued.


In Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder, the individual aspires to avoid any imperfections or mistakes in accomplishing their tasks. Filling out forms may take longer than expected in their desire to ensure that nothing goes wrong. For them, committing mistakes would be considered a blemish in their reputation or integrity. There are instances when an individual with OCPD is rewarded for their aspiration for perfection. In those cases, they reach the top level of the corporate ladder because of their high standard and productivity.


Hoarding involves excessive saving or collection of items which are perceived as junk in such a way that it interferes in their life as well as other people. It is common to see hoarders stacking items on every vacant space or leasing additional area in order to accommodate the arrival of more items.

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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