The findings come with clinical implications, Simpson told Psychiatric News. For example, there are no evidence-based treatments for individuals with OCPD. But given that the ability to delay reward has been linked by other researchers with a heightened activation of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, "our findings suggest potential brain-behavior relationships in OCPD, providing support for future imaging studies and the development of novel pharmacologic and psychosocial strategies to modulate excessive self-control."
Information about OCD's description and classification in DSM-5 can be found in the American Psychiatric Publishing book Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders: Refining the Research Agenda for DSM-5.
Although individuals with OCPD are often impaired in psychosocial functioning and quality of life, they sometimes also achieve remarkable successes. A prime example is Noah Webster who was driven by a need for order and who, for 30 years, worked at creating a dictionary of the English language. Read more about him in the Psychiatric News article "Biographer Explores Character, Pathology, and Achievement."
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