Difference between Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive...

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It is amazing the difference one word can make. Add the word “Personality” to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and it changes the definition and classification. There are some similarities such as obsessive and compulsive traits, thoughts and actions. However the underlying disorder is extremely different.

Here is the DSM-V definition of both:

Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD) is classified as a type of personality disorder:

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is classified as a type of obsessive compulsive related disorder:

  • Compulsions are defined by:
  • Repetitive behaviors (hand washing) or mental acts (counting) that the individual feels driven to perform in response to an obsession or according to rules that must be applied rigidly.
  • The behaviors or mental acts are aimed at preventing or reducing anxiety or distress, or preventing some dreaded event or situation; however, these behaviors or mental acts are not connected in a realistic way with what they are designed to neutralize or prevent, or are clearly excessive.
  • The obsessions or compulsions are time-consuming or cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
  • The similarities are:

    The big differences are:

    The good news about both disorders is that they tend to do very well with therapy and the prognosis can be quite good.

    Christine Hammond is the award-winning author of The Exhausted Woman’s Handbook available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iBooks.

    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 4 May 2016Originally published on PsychCentral.com on 4 May 2016. All rights reserved.About Christine Hammond, MS, LMHC Christine is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor by the State of Florida with over fifteen years of experience in counseling, teaching and ministry.She works primarily with exhausted women and their families in conflict situations to ensure peaceful resolutions at home and in the workplace. She has blogs, articles, and newsletters designed to assist in meeting your needs. As author of the award winning book, The Exhausted Woman’s Handbook, Christine is a guest speaker at churches, women’s organizations, and corporations. You can connect with her at her website Grow with Christine at www.growwithchristine.com.


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