Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

(Anankastic Personality Disorder)


Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) is a condition where people are obsessed with rules, order, and control. It can lead to problems in other areas of life, such as work.


It is not clear what causes personality disorders. It is likely due to genes and a person's environment.

Risk Factors

OCPD is more common in men, especially young adults. Other things that raise the risk are:


OCPD may cause:

  • Excessive focus on details and correctness
  • Problems completing tasks
  • Behavior that is stiff, formal, or rigid
  • Thrift with money
  • Excessive working
  • Inability to throw out worn or useless items
  • Inability to share tasks


A doctor or therapist will ask about your symptoms, health, and mental health. Diagnosis of OCPD is based on a complete assessment.


The goal is to reduce the unwanted behaviors. Options may be:


There are no current guidelines to prevent OCPD. Early treatment can lead to better outcomes.


National Institute of Mental Health


Canadian Mental Health Association
Canadian Psychiatric Association


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Last reviewed January 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD

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