Obsessive-Compulsive Personality

Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) is a personality disorder that’s characterized by extreme perfectionism, order, and neatness. People with OCPD will also feel a severe need to impose their own standards on their outside environment.


Cluster Number:
Wiki Number: PW139
Diagnosis: Obsessive-Compuslive Personality Disorder
US Patients: Most commonly diagnosed personality disorder
World Patients:
Sex Ratio: M2;W in diagnoses
Age Onset:
Brain Area:
Symptoms: obsessed with rules, order, perfectionism
Progression: Perfectionism, inability to delegate, rigidity and stubborness are stable; miserly spending and devotion to productivity.
Causes: Parents who provided necessities, but not wants nor desires may be factors, including 50% heredity.
Therapies: CBT, especially group CBT shows less anxiety and depression, increased extraversion and agreeableness, reduced neuroticism.


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  • The Role of Trauma in Early Onset Borderline Personality Disorder: A Biopsychosocial Perspective
    by Paola Bozzatello on October 11, 2021

    The role of childhood trauma in the development of borderline personality disorder (BPD) in young age has long been studied. The most accurate theoretical models are multifactorial, taking into account a range of factors, including early trauma, to explain evolutionary pathways of BPD. We reviewed studies published on PubMed in the last 20 years to evaluate whether different types of childhood trauma, like sexual and physical abuse and neglect, increase the risk and shape the clinical picture of...

  • The association between personality traits and hoarding behaviors
    by Mary E Dozier on October 8, 2021

    PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hoarding is a behavior that occurs across a variety of disorders, including hoarding disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and schizophrenia. Hoarding is also a normative human behavior within certain contexts, including the recent coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, when individuals became panicked about the availability of products such as toilet paper and antibacterial wipes. Previous research suggests that personality traits and personality disorder symptoms may be...

  • EMDR as Treatment Option for Conditions Other Than PTSD: A Systematic Review
    by Charles Scelles on October 7, 2021

    Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The technique is known to facilitate reprocessing of maladaptive memories that are thought to be central to this pathology. Here we investigate if EMDR therapy can be used in other conditions. We conducted a systematic literature search on PubMed, ScienceDirect, Scopus, and Web of Science. We searched for published empirical findings on EMDR, excluding those centred on trauma and PTSD,...

  • Changes in the classification of personality disorders: Comparing the DSM-5 Section II personality disorder model to the alternative model for personality disorders using structured clinical interviews
    by Laura C Weekers on October 7, 2021

    The current study examined the continuity of personality disorder (PD) diagnoses from Section II to Section III (alternative model for personality disorders [AMPD]) when using structured interviews. We investigated the continuity both in terms of stability of prevalence rates and in terms of convergent validity. A clinical sample of 189 participants were concurrently administered both Section II PD and AMPD interviews for diagnosing PD by 2 independent interviewers. Stability of prevalence...