Obsessive-compulsive personality

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder is a personality disorder. It is marked by obsessive rule following, obsessive list making, debilitating perfectionism, work obsession, moral inflexibility, and stubbornness. It is defined by The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-5. The DSM-5 is published by the American Psychiatric Association.

Criteria for diagnoses are:

  • A persistent pattern of preoccupation with order, perfectionism, and control of self, others, and situations
  • At least four of these:
    • Preoccupation with details, rules, schedules, organization, and lists
    • Perfectionism that interferes with completion of the task
    • Excessive devotion to work and productivity
    • Excessive conscientiousness, fastidiousness, and inflexibility regarding ethical and moral issues and values
    • Unwillingness to throw out worn-out or worthless objects, even those with no sentimental value
    • Reluctance to delegate or work with other people unless those people agree to do things exactly as the patients want
    • A miserly approach to spending for themselves and others because they see money as something to be saved for future disasters
    • Rigidity and stubbornness

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