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Are Personality Disorders True Mental Illnesses
According to the dsm IV tr, a personality disorder is: an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual's culture, is pervasive and inflexible, has an onset in adolescence or early adulthood, is stable over time, and leads ...Read more
Yes: Delusions of grandeur can be part of several mental disorders, such as mania, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder. Delusions are fixed, false beliefs that do not budge even when confronted with contradicting information. So, these show lack of reality contact -- a cardinal sign of mental disorder. ...Read more
Are mental illnesses narcissistic personality disorder and psychotic depression related to one another?
It can happen: The 2 conditions are not directly related. But narcissistic personality-disordered people can become very depressed -- sometimes even psychotically so. This may happen due to perceived failures in empathy, to which they are exquisitely sensitive. Rather than being a little hurt and getting over it like less impaired people might, an npd person may lose his/her entire feeling of self-hood. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Genetic Influence: There is evidence for genetic predisposition in mood disorders like depression & bipolar disorder; anxiety disorders; and schizophrenia. There may be some in alcoholism also. Having 1st degree relatives with a condition does not mean you will develop it though, because genes are not the only important influence. Environment, nutrition, and lifestyle play a huge part in how things show up. ...Read more
Yes, it is: Yes, paranoid personality disorder is a real mental illness. In it, there's a fixed, pervasive, and relatively inflexible pattern of distrust and suspiciousness such that others' motives are interpreted as malevolent. It generally begins in teen years or early adulthood, and differs markedly from one's culture. It causes distress in important areas of functioning, like relationships or work. ...Read more
Yes: Many people have one or more parents with mental health disorders. Off spring may grow up with no mental health problems or they may develop the same or different disorders than their parents. ...Read more
Mostly by history.: There are no reliable biological tests for diagnosing any psychiatric disorder, nor do psychological tests suffice to make or rule out a diagnosis. Clinicians use a combination of personal and family history plus current signs and symptoms to determine if someone has such a diagnosis. The "rules" are in the diagnostic and statistical manual, which is about to change to the 5th edition in 5/13. ...Read more
Mental Disorders are: The result of numerous factors often including genetics, environmental influences, and situations, especially stress. Genetics and development also may provide factors to reduce or protect against the impact of mental disorders. A proper evaluation can assess risks and protective factors and therapy or counseling can guide toward better health. Best regards. ...Read more
Paranoid: If suspicious of motives of others and become delusional about harm coming from others, can act out to protect self, not common. ...Read more
Psychopath: When i hear about manipulative behavior this could be a psychopathic person who wants to "get one over" on you or it could be someone with a histrionic personality who would be manipulative to get one's attention not for the purpose of exploiting the person like the psychopath. Playing the victim can be from many different types of disorders (e.g. Trauma, borderline pd, ) or just personality styl. ...Read more
Many adults fear it.: Fear of abandinment is, if we're honest, fairly wide spread. Panic and terrible reactive behaviors are, fortunately, rare and might be seen in bpd. I think the word "infantile" refers to the basis of the problem. That it begins when a baby experiences ongoing stress from questionable parenting - even including actual or temporary abandonment. It disrupts the development of trust which is critical. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Personality Disorder: This is a bit of a semantic problem. Personality disorders are not seen as major mental illnesses, like bipolar , schizophrenia, depressive or anxiety disorders. They are not very responsive to meds.However, they do affect the quality of life and may generate the above conditions in certain circumstances. Avoidant pd can overlap with anxiety disorders , such as panic disorder or social phobia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Bipolar disorder has a very high degree of heritability. This is seen in the concordance rate for this condition that is 70 percent to 80 percent for identical twins where one twin has bipolar disorder with the percentage being the likelihood that the other identical twin will have the condition. ...Read more
Resolution: Typically mental health disorder are not thought of as curable. Rather, emotional issues and conflicts are usually though of as being better managed or resolved through psychotherapy/ medication as well. The symptoms, whatever they may be, ideally diminish in impact, but will always be there to a much lessened degree. Through psychotherapy one learns how to recognize triggers of emotional issues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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