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What leads to personality disorders?

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Dr. Kerry Ragain
undefined 24 years experience
Genetics/Environment: Personality disorders usually arise from a complex interaction between genetic vulnerability and environmental circumstances. While less is known about the former, much has been studied with regard to the influence of early childhood trauma, neglect, and parental relationships as factors contributing to the symptoms associated with personality disorders.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Personality disorder: Generally speaking this is a multilayered combination of genetics and environment. No one really knows. Some can develop personality disorders after having a fairly uneventful childhood, while others come through being raised in a hornets' nest comparatively unscathed.

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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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