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mental illness vs personality disorder

A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
35 years experience in Psychiatry
It depends: This isn't exactly a medical question, it's more of a legal or moral one. But laws in the us generally hold that if a person cannot tell right from w ... Read More

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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristie Deblasio
11 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Personality disorder: Yes. Personality disorders are a class of mental disorders. There are many different types of personality disorders.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: Unfortunately, young children do have such problems, but can be very difficult to diagnose. Properly this should be done , if necessary by a trained p ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Lavi
34 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Get diagnosed: Personality disorders are difficult to live with and hard to treat. Usually if u have a personality disorder u do not realize that u have a problem, p ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes: Personality disorders like avoidant pd are mental illnesses, but different from bipolar, schizophrenia, and others. Long-term psychotherapy can allow ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes, it is: Yes, paranoid personality disorder is a real mental illness. In it, there's a fixed, pervasive, and relatively inflexible pattern of distrust and sus ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Barnhart
47 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes & No: Personality disorders are in a group of psychiatric diagnoses call 'axis ii' and merit treatment, usually counseling as meds rarely help. On the other ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes: Many people have one or more parents with mental health disorders. Off spring may grow up with no mental health problems or they may develop the same ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience in Psychiatry
Contrast: The 2 disorders are very different, although both someone dissociating and someone with schizophrenia may appear "far away" to a casual observer. One ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Miles
46 years experience in Psychiatry
Different presentati: schizoid persons withdraw from others and isolate. Schizotypal persons act unusual.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
12 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes: Bipolar disorder has a very high degree of heritability. This is seen in the concordance rate for this condition that is 70 percent to 80 percent for ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience in Psychiatry
BPD: In psychiatry, it is borderline personality disorder. See diagram.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
49 years experience in Cosmetic Dentistry
NPD Not Related: Narcissistic personality disorder: http://psychology.About.Com/od/personalitydisorders/a/narcissisticpd.Htm psychotic depression: http://www.Webmd ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience in Psychiatry
Borderline: Is a personality disorder characterised by severe mood fluctuations, chaotic unstable interpersonal relationships, disturbed identity & self-image, ch ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
19 years experience in psychiatry
Differences: Narcissists have a pattern of grandiosity, a need for admiration and a lack of empathy. They are often arrogant, think that they are important, exagge ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes, it's serious: Schizoaffective disorder causes thought disorder, lack of contact with reality, and unstable mood. It's less common than schizophrenia or bipolar di ... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience in Psychiatry
Both are serious: Both of these illnesses are serious and require ongoing psychiatric treatment. Out of control, either than severely disrupt a person's life and relat ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristine Gerwell
40 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Seek counseling.: If your child has these issues you should seek counseling to determine the best, most effective ways to work with them and set appropriate limits. Wor ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Tapia
12 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes, in fact it is: Major depressive disorder is a mental illness according to many mental health professionals.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Griggs
38 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Theoretically yes,: but unlikely. The symptom most likely, most common to these four is anxiety, so start there. Go to a clinician and answer a lot of questions about ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristine Gerwell
40 years experience in Clinical Psychology
There is overlap: Research has found few differences between the kinds of symptoms that people with sad and apd have. Because of the similarities between sad and apd, p ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Pancner
17 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Combination symptoms: Schizoaffective d/o can be thought of as a combination of bilpolar and scizophrenia symptoms. As with bipolar, schizoaffective have mood swings that c ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Forster
35 years experience in Psychiatry
Social disconnection: Schizoid personality is associated with a general lack of reaction / connection socially. Remember the song, "people who need people?" schizoid people ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cyma Khalily
34 years experience in Psychiatry
Personality disorder: A personality disorder implies a maladaptive approach to life. A fixed method of dealing and seeing the world . Types of personality disorders include ... Read More
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