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Compulsive Personality Disorder Overview

Another name for Compulsive Personality Disorder is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

What is obsessive compulsive disorder?
A person with obsessive compulsive disorder has a mental illness that results in persistent thoughts and repetitive behaviors that are difficult to control. The persistent thoughts and actions interfere with the person's ability to carry out normal activities. The cause of obsessive compulsive disorder is unknown.

What are the symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder?
Symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder include anxiety, constantly thinking about certain subjects, and repetitive behaviors. A common symptom of obsessive compulsive disorder is a drive to perform repetitive tasks in order to relieve stress.

How does the doctor treat obsessive compulsive disorder?
Treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder may include avoidance of alcohol, avoidance of caffeine, a support group, mental health counseling, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants, and tricyclic antidepressants.

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Last Updated: Feb 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Compulsive Personality Disorder References
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