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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 114-118

The role of personality disorders in obsessive-compulsive disorder

1 Department of Psychiatry, OCD Clinic, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, Karnataka, India
2 Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, New Delhi & Formerly Additional Professor of Psychiatry and Head, OCD Clinic, NIMHANS, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Abel Thamby
Department of Psychiatry, OCD Clinic, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_526_18

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Personality disorders are a common comorbidity in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The effect of comorbidity on the symptom presentation, course, and treatment outcome of OCD is being discussed here. OCD and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) though similar in their symptom presentation, are distinct constructs. Schizotypal disorder, OCPD, and two or more comorbid personality disorders have been found to be consistently associated with a poor course of illness and treatment response. Further research is needed to determine treatment strategies to handle the personality pathology in OCD.



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