6. Obsessive–Compulsive Personality Disorder: A Review

  1. Mario Maj2,
  2. Hagop S. Akiskal3,
  3. Juan E. Mezzich4 and
  4. Ahmed Okasha5
  1. Paul Costa,
  2. Jack Samuels,
  3. Michael Bagby,
  4. Lee Daffin and
  5. Hillary Norton

Published Online: 4 NOV 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470090383.ch6

Personality Disorders, Volume 8

Personality Disorders, Volume 8

How to Cite

Costa, P., Samuels, J., Bagby, M., Daffin, L. and Norton, H. (2005) Obsessive–Compulsive Personality Disorder: A Review, in Personality Disorders, Volume 8 (eds M. Maj, H. S. Akiskal, J. E. Mezzich and A. Okasha), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470090383.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Naples, Italy

  2. 3

    University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, and Veterans Administration Hospital, 3350 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, CA 92161, USA

  3. 4

    Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, USA

  4. 5

    Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Author Information

  1. Laboratory of Personality and Cognition, Intramural Research Program, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, Gerontology Research Center, 5600 Nathan Shock Drive, Baltimore, MD 21224, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 NOV 2005
  2. Published Print: 4 FEB 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470090367

Online ISBN: 9780470090381



  • obsessive–compulsive personality disorder OCPD;
  • maladaptive manifestations;
  • international diseases classification;
  • obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD);
  • generalized anxiety disorder (GAD);
  • five-factor model (FFM);
  • global assessment of functioning (GAF);
  • selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs);
  • cognitive-behavioural therapies


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Historical Review

  • Validity of OCPD Criteria

  • Comorbidity of OCPD with Certain Axis I and Axis II Disorders

  • Temporal Stability of OCPD

  • Functional Impairment and OCPD

  • Treatment of OCPD

  • Dimensional Approaches to OCPD

  • Summary

  • References

This chapter also contains the following commentaries:

  • Obsessive–Compulsive Personality Disorder: Elusive for Whom? Authored by Glen O. Gabbard

  • Clinical Challenges of Obsessive–Compulsive Personality Disorder Authored by Albert Rothenberg

  • Obsessive–Compulsive Character Authored by David Shapiro

  • Understanding and Measuring Obsessive–Compulsive Personality Disorder: The Jury is Still Out Authored by Lucy Serpell and Varsha Hirani

  • Obsessive–Compulsive Personality Disorder: Not Just a Mere Problem in Living Authored by Eric Hollander and Lisa Sharma

  • Psychiatry Trapped in Obsessive–Compulsive Overdiagnosing? Authored by Iver Hand and Susanne Fricke

  • Obsessive–Compulsive Personality Disorder: Personality or Disorder? Authored by Gerald Nestadt and Mark Riddle

  • Cognitive Therapy for the Perfectionism Dimension? Authored by Jean Cottraux

  • Anankastic and Obsessive–Compulsive Personality Disorder in ICD-10 and DSM-IV-TR Authored by Charles Pull and Marie-Claire Pull

  • Obsessive–Compulsive Personality Disorder: A Discrete Disorder? Authored by Tom G. Bolwig

  • Obsessive–Compulsive Personality Disorder or Negative Perfectionism? Authored by Stefano Pallanti

  • Obsessive–Compulsive Personality Disorder: Response to Pharmacological Treatment Authored by Marc Ansseau

  • Obsessive–Compulsive Personality Disorder: Relationship to Childhood Onset OCD and Diagnostic Stability Authored by Per Hove Thomsen

  • Figure and Background: Challenges in Trying to Understand Axis I and Axis II Interactions Authored by Albina Rodrigues Torres

  • Obsessive–Compulsive Personality Disorder: The African Dilemmas Authored by Frank G. Njenga, Anna N. Nguithi and Rachel N. Kangethe