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How odd must a person be in order to be diagnosed with a personality disorder?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Missid Ghanem
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Not necessarily odd.: Depending in the specific cluster of pd, the person may come across as odd/eccentric (e.g. In paranoid, schizotypal or schizoid pers disorders), dramatic/emotional/erratic (e.g. In borderline pers disorder), or fearful/anxious (e.g. In avoidant pers disorder).
Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 46 years experience
Odd or Old?: Dr. Ali answered if you meant "old" and not "odd." if you meant odd, the determination is based on the extent to which the oddness interferes with social relationships, family, work, and ability to actualize potential. Some people can be quite odd and yet have reasonably productive and happy lives.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali commented
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Thanks Dr. Kunen for your input!
Sep 13, 2012

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