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what is personality disorder like?

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Dr. Nancy Liebler
Critical Care 29 years experience
There are many.: There are many types of personality disorders. The important thing to remember is that traits are only considered to be a disorder if they are inflexible. Inflexible traits that are maladaptive to the environment and cause significant functional impairment or subjective distress are the hallmark of a personality disorder.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Personality disorder: Think of characteristics of a person that are "hard-wired" into that person, often incredibly resistant to any kind of therapy, other than intensive, multiple times a week treatment that goes on for years. Not an easy fix at all. Metaphorically speaking, it's like trying to convince a pomegranate that its a Dalmation.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can a person work a job with personality disorder? Like become a doctor?

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Dr. David Barnum
Clinical Psychology 22 years experience
It's how you manage: It's not the disorder that makes the difference; it's how we learn and use skills to effectively manage ourselves in a given work setting. Many people with significant mental health issues, including personality disorders, work in a variety of professions and occupations. Do the training for the job and do the work on yourself. Treatment can work well!
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 29 years experience
Yes
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A 23-year-old female asked:

Is it possible at all for someone younger then 18 be diagnosed with a personality disorder? Has there ever been a case like that?

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Yes: "for a personality disorder to be diagnosed in an individual younger than 18 years, the features must have been present for at least 1 year.The one exception to this is antisocial personality disorder, which cannot be diagnosed in individuals younger than 18 years." source: dsm-5 pages 647-648.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest if i would like to see my doctor about getting diagnosed with a mental/personality disorder?

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Dr. Steven Griggs
Clinical Psychology 39 years experience
Not a problem.: If you have insurance, go to the insurance website and search for docs in your geographic. Check benefits and call the doc's office. Psychologists and psychiatrists are your best choices because its their specialty, especially psychologists because they can administer personality and other tests that tend to go a little deeper. Find a licensed professional, regardless.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me if i read over a personality disorder and it sounds like I have everything?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
The important thing: is that you believe the diagnosis and want to work on getting help. Personality disorders ranges from mild to more severe cases. Find a good therapist and learn how to strengthen your personality. That would entail starting by working on the parts of your behavior that U are aware of and want to change.
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A 23-year-old male asked:

I was diagnosed with a "personality disorder" I feel like that's not an accurate disorder, how important is to get a specific diagnosis?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
You're right!: It's too complicated in a 400 char limit - but you've got it. PDs aren't diseases. They're how we are, styles. They can be problems but meds don't make sense to me. Hard to change completely - you can learn how to understand their basis, to see them fairly and manage them. To me they're learned to handle our early life and may not fit well in the big world. A really good trusting Tx relshp helps!

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