Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder DSM Criteria

In todays article we are going to take a closer look at Obsessive Compulsive Disorder which is part of the third cluster in terms of personality disorder. For some reason over the last few years it has been okay for people to make statements such as “My OCD is kicking in” which is wrong on so many levels. Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder completely overtakes a person life and there is no such thing a having a little OCD. Lets take a closer look at Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder.

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Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder DSM Criteria

When the people in the white coats are determining whether a person is suffering from OCD they look at the below criteria. In order to meet the diagnosis the person must have at least four of the criteria and the behavior began to show up early in adulthood. Here are the DSM Criteria for OCD:

  1. Is preoccupied with details, rules, lists, order, organization, or
    schedules to the extent that the major point of the activity is lost.
  2. Shows perfectionism that interferes with task completion (e.g., is
    unable to complete a project because his or her own overly strict
    standards are not met).
  3. Is excessively devoted to work and productivity to the exclusion of
    leisure activities and friendships (not accounted for by obvious
    economic necessity).
  4. Is overconscientious, scrupulous, and inflexible about matters of
    morality, ethics, or values (not accounted for by cultural or religious
    identification).
  5. Is unable to discard worn-out or worthless objects even when they have no sentimental value.
  6. Is reluctant to delegate tasks or to work with others unless they submit to exactly his or her way of doing things.
  7. Adopts a miserly spending style toward both self and others; money is viewed as something to be hoarded for future catastrophes.
  8. Shows rigidity and stubbornness.

There have a lot of complaints when it comes to the OCD DSM Criteria as many believe they are outdated and they tend to overlap. What really defines Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is that the person is fearful if they do not perform an action something negative happens, this belief is so strong it is nearly impossible to have a normal life. It should be noted that OCD is the most common personality disorder with between 2 to 8 percent suffering from a form of this personality disorder.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Treatments

The main issue when it comes to treating OCD and any other personality disorder is that the person who is being treated actually can admit to suffering from the specific personality disorder. Medication has not shown a ton of promise in treatment of OCD but individual counseling with both cognitive behavior therapy and psychotherapy elements. The difficulty in treating OCD is unlearning behaviors that were developed when they were young.



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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder SubTypes

Over the years the people in the white coats have determined that there are a number of sub types of OCD that include the following:

Conscientious compulsive

Bureaucratic compulsive

Puritanical compulsive

Parsimonious compulsive

Bedeviled compulsive

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Versus Asperger’s Syndrome

There are a lot of similarities when comparing OCD to Asperger’s Syndrome however the main difference is someone with Asperger’s Syndrome has much more difficulty when it comes to social interaction and nonverbal communication.

Well there is a brief overview of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and as you can see it can be quite a difficult mental health disorder to manage day to day.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and its DSM Criteria. Learn more about OCD and how it affects those dealing with this personality disorder
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2 thoughts on “Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder DSM Criteria

  1. I really enjoyed reading this and learning more about this disorder. I have heard many of my friends say those exact words, “My OCD, is kicking in” or something similar. We all have tendencies to like things done in a certain way. But this does not mean you have OCD. I will not take that lightly anymore. It’s great that there are products out there to help and not having to take medication is great! Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Unfortunately “My OCD, is kicking in” makes light of a mental health disorder that can be devastating to the person dealing with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. From not being able to leave their home to not being able to hold a job OCD is such a difficult mental health disorder to deal with

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