Specific Purpose Statement: To inform my audience about the symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder.
Thesis: Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder is a disorder which involves an obsession with
perfection, rules, and organization, which leads to routines and rules for ways of doing things.
Organization Pattern: Topical
I. Open with impact: One in every one hundred people are affected by OCPD. Even more are
affected by its symptoms.
II. Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder is a disorder which involves an obsession with
perfection, rules, and organization, which leads to routines and rules for ways of doing
III. Focus on Thesis: According to Dr. Steven Phillipson, a person with OCPD is comfortable with
their high standards and rigid mindset. In fact, a person with OCPD will justify their actions
instead of admitting any sort of problem, which they blame on the environment or external
IV. Connect to audience: A person with this personality disorder has symptoms of perfectionism
that usually begin in early adulthood, which is about our age, and this kind of perfectionism
can take a straight “A” student and cause them to flunk out of college. Because they try to
do everything perfectly, they procrastinate assignments and when they do, they can’t
complete them, because their standards are so high.
(Signpost: Today, we will be talking about its symptoms and causes.)
I. Main Point: What are the symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder?
A. According to The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, for a person to be
diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder, they must have the following
1. preoccupation with details, rules, lists, order, organization, or schedules to the
extent that the major point of the activity is lost
a) They give too much attention to trivial things, which makes their normal
routines difficult to follow.
b) For example, some people affected by OCPD feel the need to be
obsessively clean and organized.
c) While many are indeed clean and orderly; even those who aren’t feel
the need to set up systems to maintain cleanliness, whether they
actually follow through with it or not.
2. perfectionism that interferes with task completion
a) According to Dr. Steven Phillipson, getting things right and avoiding any
possibility of a mistakeis very important to them.
b) Due to this, they are often indecisive and procrastinate.
c) Since making the right choice is so important, making even simple
choices become a nightmare.
d) Their indecision often holds them back in life, for example, if they
needed to find a job, if given too many choices, they can’t choose any,
because none are just perfect.
e) And since always making the right choice is impossible, it becomes
regular source of discontent.
f) They hold...