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CNS Spectr. 2007 Jun;12(6):467-82.

Does obsessive-compulsive personality disorder belong within the obsessive-compulsive spectrum?

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  • 1Postgraduate School of Medicine, University of Hertfordshire, Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Welwyn Garden City, UK.

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  • CNS Spectr. 2007 Jul;12(7):510. Chamberlain, Sam [corrected to Chamberlain, Sam R].


It has been proposed that certain Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition Axis I disorders share overlapping clinical features, genetic contributions, and treatment response and fall within an "obsessive-compulsive" spectrum. Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) resembles obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other spectrum disorders in terms of phenomenology, comorbidity, neurocognition, and treatment response. This article critically examines the nosological profile of OCPD with special reference to OCD and related disorders. By viewing OCPD as a candidate member of the obsessive-compulsive spectrum, we gain a fresh approach to understanding its neurobiology, etiology, and potential treatments.

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