Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) is a mental health condition that causes a person to focus on rules, orderliness, and control. People with OCPD often focus on work or similar projects, opting not to pursue social relationships or leisure activities. The disorder is often comorbid with some other condition, causing a large overlap of symptoms.


1. Causes

While experts have yet to determine the exact cause of OCPD, they believe it involves a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Evidence clearly indicates that OCPD is inheritable, but few studies focus on the specific genetics. Some researchers believe that controlling, unavailable, or overprotective parents contribute to OCPD. Some children develop OCPD traits in an effort to be "perfect" and avoid punishment.

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