What is obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD)?

Updated: May 17, 2018
  • Author: William M Greenberg, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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OCD should not be confused with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD). The diagnosis of OCPD refers to an individual who is preoccupied with orderliness, perfectionism, and mental and interpersonal control, at the expense of flexibility, openness, and efficiency; a pattern that typically emerges in early adulthood. They often display perfectionism, excessive devotion to work, rigidity, and/or miserliness (for further details, see DSM-5). [3]

Despite the similarities in labels, relatively few individuals with OCD also meet the criteria for OCPD and vice versa.


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