Informative Speech: The Symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

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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

Introduction

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
things.
III. Focus on Thesis: According to Dr. Steven Phillipson, a
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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 themselves to very high standards which they can’t possibly
live up to. When they fail, they hate themselves, and become
depressed.
g) According to professors at the Department of Psychiatry at Brown
University, they are generally pessimistic and depressed, sometimes to
the point of suicide.



3. overly stubborn and inflexible about matters…