Mental health literacy and obsessive--compulsive personality disorder

Psychiatry Res. 2014 Jan 30;215(1):223-8. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2013.10.027. Epub 2013 Nov 6.


An opportunistic sample of 342 participants completed a vignette identification task that required them to name the possible psychological problem of an individual described in vignettes describing people with depression, schizophrenia, OCD and OCPD. Participants rated the degree to which they believed the individual experienced distress, they felt sympathetic towards the described individual, and the degree to which they believed the individual was well-adjusted in the community. There were very low recognition rates of OCPD, with participants more likely to identify depression, schizophrenia and OCD. Analysis of distress, sympathy and adjustment ratings also revealed significant differences between the disorders. The findings highlight the necessity of greater mental health awareness and the importance of psycho-education in order to increase successful treatment seeking of OCPD patients.

Keywords: Mental health literacy; OCD; OCPD.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Compulsive Personality Disorder / psychology*
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Female
  • Health Literacy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Health*
  • Middle Aged
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder / psychology*
  • Schizophrenia
  • Young Adult