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how do you diagnose personality disorders?

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Dr. Douglas Laipple
Psychiatry 44 years experience
By the book.: The dsm used by psychologists and psychiatrists has certain guidelines that must be followed to make any diagnosis, and the personality disorders are no exception. The patient must meet a certain number of criteria to be so diagnosed. However, the severity of the condition is a bit more subjective and usually requires a number of visits and corroboration by friends, family, and co-workers.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Personality Disorder: Is inflexible pattern of perceiving, interpreting & communicating with others that results in distress or interferes with one's daily functioning.

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Is there a treatment for narcissitic personality disorders?

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Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Yes: Personality disorders start in early adulthood and are often hard to treat. There are no fda approved medications. There are numerous skilled therapists who are adept at various psychotherapeutic techniques that can help you realize how your behaviors impact you and those around you. Through self reflection, some of the behaviors can be changed.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Do most alcoholics have personality disorders?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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ADHD: According to an american psychiatry association report, the majority of alcoholics are people with untreated adhd, at least. Folks with personality disorders and other neuropsychiatric problems are also at higher risk for acohol abuse.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What different types of personality disorders are out there?

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Dr. Kathryn Seifert
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Interaction patterns: Personality disorders (pd): narcissistic, borderline, histrionic, anti-social, and 6 others are life long and a specific patterns of behavior and interacting with people and situations that lead to distress and impaired functioning. Pd diagnoses can only be used after adolescence, although the first symptoms begin in the teen years. Pds may be associated with severe, unresolved childhood trauma.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What are the behaviors associated with personality disorders?

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Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Too many to list: Since there are 10 recognized personality disorders and many others that are "not otherwise specified, " it is impossible to fully list the behaviors associated with them. The behavior, considered abnormal for a person's culture, is shown in thinking, emotional responses, interpersonal functioning, and impulse control. These disorders cause a lot of distress or impairment in functioning.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What are personality disorders?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
There are several : Personality disorders (narcissistic, borderline, obsessive compulsive, sociopathic) with different sets of symptoms. The common denominator is that people with personality disorders are comfortable with their symptoms and do not think there is anything wrong with them. Therefore it is very hard to treat them. They have little desire to change, DBT can help if they are willing to try.

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