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what causes personality disorder?

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Dr. Mark Reynolds
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Multifactorial: Frontal, temporal, and parietal lobe abnormalities may be seen possibly due to perinatal injury, encephalitis, trauma, or genetics. May also see diminished monoamine oxidase (MAO) and serotonin levels. The role these play is unknown. Developmental abnormalities secondary to abuse, neglect or incest may be present.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Borderline: There is no easy answer to this. Personality disorders, as well as the human condition in general are shaped by genetic factors in combination with environmental factors. It is characterized by fear of abandonment, impulsivity, self mutilation, extremes of emotion, volatile interpersonal relationships, thinking in all-good or all-bad terms,manipulativeness, &drug/alcohol abuse/depend

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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 43-year-old member asked:

Help please. Could almost 30 years in the military cause a personality disorder to develop?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Changes yes - not PD: No - no - no. However, thirty years in the military could certainly cause changes to one's personality -especially if associated with post traumatic stress disorder.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What would be the most common causes and solutions to 'personality disorder'?

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Dr. Barbara Toohill
Clinical Psychology 12 years experience
Complicated: Personality disorders are often caused by disruptions in formative relationships and life events, and can be highly disruptive to adult relationships and functioning. Medication does not cure the underlying disorder, which often requires long-term counseling, although individuals with personality disorders are less likely to engage in and stick with that needed treatment.

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