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A 30-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Missid Ghanem
Clinical Psychology 25 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 45 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 32 years experience
Thanks Dr. Kunen for your input!
Sep 13, 2012

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A 24-year-old member asked:

What does it mean to have a personality disorder?

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Dr. Zinat Sobhani
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Dysfunctional caract: Personality is the way you have learned (or inherited) to how to interact, respond, perceive , life in general and will affect the perception of self/others, daily behavior, interaction with peers and outside/inside world in general.In general we use the term of "disorder: when this personality causes dysfunction in life. Many people have few traits of some personality but not the disorder.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

How can I determine whether I have a personality disorder or not?

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Dr. Mark Reynolds
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Personality disorder: Personality disorders are long-term maladaptive patterns of thoughts and behaviors that cause distress. There are many types with variable symptoms. Seeing a mental health professional for an evaluation would be the best way to proceed.
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A 28-year-old member asked:

Which type of personality disorder is it when someone feels the need to argue about meaningless issues?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Opposition disorder: Opposition disorder. This is the need to argue about anything rather than being considerate and cooperative. This is a psychological problem that may have a genetic basis.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Oppositional defiant disorder is a disorder of childhood for the most part. It is a pattern of persistent and almost universal defiance regarding rules, structure or any type of authoritarian control. It can involve screaming, yelling, and in the extreme, physical acting out to the point of being destructive. Other disorders may coexist. Some believe ODD to be a precursor to those other disorders.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Is avoiding the company of others considered a personality disorder?

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Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Avoidance: No, unless it is pervasive & affects your social & interpersonal & daily functioning.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What does it mean to have dual personality disorder?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
No such thing: There is no "dual personality disorder" in the mental health diagnostic system. However, there is a dissociative identity disorder -- where 2 or more alternate identity or personality states take control of a person. Each of these has its own characteristics, mannerisms, memories, and ways of experiencing -- and behaving in -- the world. It can follow from severe childhood trauma.

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