Journal of Counseling Research and Practice


This study examined the mental health literacy of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD) among the rural public. 89 volunteer participants (ages 19-86) completed this study using vignette methodology and a questionnaire. Results supported the hypothesis that mental health literacy would be low, specifically for OCPD. In addition, the majority of participants viewed the disorders similarly. The findings suggest that the current understanding of OCD may not reflect the disorders true diagnostic criteria and that participants viewed both disorders similarly in regards to treatment and stigma. Implications and further recommendations are discussed.