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Obsessive-Compulsive and Histrionic Personality Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder is one of the most common clinical entities on Axis II of DSM-IV. It is frequently confused with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and the differences will be outlined. The psychodynamic underpinnings of OCPD will be discussed, and the optimal psychotherapeutic approaches will be illustrated. Randomized controlled trials validated the efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy in the treatment of OCPD.

Histrionic personality disorder has a time-honored tradition that links it with hysterical personality disorder. The two can be considered as residing on a continuum with histrionic personality disorder having more in common with borderline personality disorder, while hysterical personality disorder has more in common with character neuroses. Some of the underlying psychodynamic features will be discussed, and psychotherapeutic strategies will be outlined.

Workshop Content

The major psychodynamic themes in obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
The difference between obsessive-compulsive disorder and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
Optimal psychotherapeutic strategies with patients who have obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
The major psychodynamic themes in histrionic and hysterical personality disorders
Diagnostic differences and the strategic therapeutic differences between hysterical and histrionic personality disorders
Management of erotic and eroticized transferences in histrionic personality disorder as well as patients who are hysterically organized

Workshop Objectives
Identify which cluster obsessive compulsive and histrionic PD reside
Describe the major psychodynamic themes in OCPD
List the differences between obsessive-compulsive disorder and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
Describe the the strategic therapeutic differences between hysterical and histrionic personality disorders

Presented by

Glen Gabbard, M.D.
Glen Gabbard, M.D.Glen O. Gabbard, M.D. is Brown Foundation Chair of Psychoanalysis and Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He was formerly the Medical Director of the Menninger Hospital and the Callaway Distinguished Professor at the Menninger Clinic. He was also Joint Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis from 2001-2007, and Associate Editor of the American Journal of Psychiatry. He is the author or editor of 22 books, including Psychodynamic Psychiatry in Clinical Practice: Fourth Edition, Gabbard’s Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders: Fourth Edition, and Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Basic Text. He has published over 280 papers and book chapters. Dr. Gabbard has won numerous awards, including the 2004 Adolf Meyer Award of the American Psychiatric Association.