Author(s): Mancebo MC, Eisen JL, Grant JE, Rasmussen SA
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Abstract BACKGROUND: The overlap between obsessive compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) has received increasing recognition and continues to be a source of much debate. With the advent of new research methodologies, researchers have attempted to distinguish whether OCPD and OCD are two distinct phenomena that can co-occur or whether they are similar, overlapping constructs. METHODS: MEDLINE was used to systematically review the OCPD and OCD literature published between 1991 and 2004. RESULTS: Using the more stringent DSM-IV criteria, results from OCD clinical samples suggest that the majority of individuals with OCD (75\%) do not have OCPD. Similarly, results from personality disorder samples suggest that the majority of individuals with OCPD (80\%) do not have OCD. CONCLUSIONS: While there is evidence that OCD and OCPD are linked, the literature does not support either one as a necessary or sufficient component of the other.
This article was published in Ann Clin Psychiatry
and referenced in Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy