Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

An enduring and pervasive pattern of preoccupation with orderliness, perfectionism, and mental and interpersonal control, at the expense of flexibility, openness, and efficiency


Is there a test for Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder?

Only a licensed mental health professional can diagnose a mental illness. However, people with obsessive-compulsive personality traits are more likely to answer "yes" to the following questions:

  • Do you spend so much time creating lists and plans that you end up running out of time to actually complete your tasks?

  • Do you find it difficult to complete tasks because you spend a lot of time doing everything accurately and correctly?

  • Are you completely dedicated to your work or do you strive to be productive at all times?

  • Do you often do work while on vacation because you hate wasting time?

  • Do you have high standards for what is right and what is wrong?

  • Do you often insist that others behave according to your rules?

  • Do you find it difficult to work with others when they don't do their jobs exactly the way you want them to?

  • Are you extremely frugal because you might need money in case of emergency or disaster?

  • Do you find it very difficult to part with your possessions?

  • Do you find it very difficult to change plans once you have made them?

  • Have other people ever called you "headstrong" or "stubborn"?

If you answered yes to several of these questions, you may have obsessive-compulsive personality traits. If they cause you significant suffering, impairment, or stress, psychotherapy can help.


What are the symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder?

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder manifests itself through a variety of different symptoms. These may include:

  • Intense feelings of doubt and excessive caution

  • Constant preoccupation with details, rules, lists, order, organization and plans

  • Excessive perfectionism that hinders the completion of tasks

  • Disproportionate focus on achievement while neglecting pleasure and relationships

  • Excessive pedantry

  • Strong rigidity and stubbornness

  • Insistence that others conform exactly to one's rules and ideas

​If you suffer from these or other mental health symptoms, schedule your first appointment today.