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Is paranoid personality disorder a true mental illness?

Is paranoid personality disorder a true mental illness?

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

Dr. Andrew Berry
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Personality Disorder (Definition)

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


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Is a criminal who suffers from a mental illness or personality disorder really at fault for the crime (s) they commit?

Is a criminal who suffers from a mental illness or personality disorder really at fault for the crime (s) they commit?

It depends: This isn't exactly a medical question, it's more of a legal or moral one. But laws in the us generally hold that if a person cannot tell right from wrong due to a mental illness, then they are "not guilty by reason of insanity" (or similar language depending on the state). Most mental illness is not severe enough to meet this standard, and the "insanity defense" is actually used fairly rarely. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is personality disorder a mental illness?

Personality disorder: Yes. Personality disorders are a class of mental disorders. There are many different types of personality disorders. ...Read more

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Can a child be diagnosed with a mental illness or personality disorder?

Can a child be diagnosed with a mental illness or personality disorder?

Yes.: Obviously, a skilled mental health physician needs to make this type of diagnosis -- but that's what we are trained to do. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have a mental illness and/or a personality disorder?

What do you suggest if I have a mental illness and/or a personality disorder?

Get diagnosed: Personality disorders are difficult to live with and hard to treat. Usually if u have a personality disorder u do not realize that u have a problem, people close to u do. If u have been told u have one and are asking for help that is a major step. Follow through and speak to a therapist. They will start with what's bothering u, which is your healthier side and move on from there. It will take time. ...Read more

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Is it true that people with personality disorder born with it or can it be due to childhood?

Personality disorder: The development of our personalities as well as personality disorders is largely shaped by our traumas and life events. ...Read more

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I've experienced mental health issues for a long time and was just diagnosed with personality disorder nos. What is that?

NOS: It means not otherwise specified, meaning the symptoms do not fit one personality diagnosis or another, but has features of several. ...Read more

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How can I know whether I have a sociopathic personality disorder or not? I was told that people didn't feel love at my age either, is this true?

Start with Dr: First, see the dr. And get started with any proper psychiatric diagnosis, which may certainly include a psychiatrist input. As far as feeling love, . ..Definitely all people, at all ages can experience love both in giving it and receiving it. Love is a gift we all have inherently inside us, you just need to find it, and when you do, your world will change my friend! God bless. ...Read more

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What is a multi personality disorder and what is the symptoms? I heard my teacher got fired because he had a mental problem and I thought it was this

Behaviors: Dissociative identity disorder is very very rare. Even so, an individual can lose a job because of their behaviors (regardless of diagnosis) not for simply having a mental health issue. ...Read more

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Is it true you can be considered insane if you have antisocial personality disorder?

Not insane: No. Antisocial personality disorder is not psychosis. Sane and insane are basically legal terms to distinguish whether a person is in touch with reality enough to know right from wrong. Individuals with antisocial personally disorder are in touch with reality enough to know right from wrong. However, they have not internalized society's moral values and are lacking in conscience and empathy. ...Read more

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Why is it that some days I am in love with myself and other days I despise myself with a passion? Personality disorder? Mood disorder? Mental disorder

Why is it that some days I am in love with myself and other days I despise myself with a passion? Personality disorder? Mood disorder? Mental disorder

Impossible to say: What is clear is that you are suffering from this. I would recommend that you see your family doctor to rule out any physical illness and then either a psychologist or a psychiatrist who can take your history and diagnose what ails you. Then you can safely proceed with an agreed upon treatment plan. Help is available, so please utilize the mental health resources available. You deserve this help. ...Read more

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"is the avoidant personality disorder a mental illness? "

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 more

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Help please! Is antisocial personality disorder a mental illness?

Help please! Is antisocial personality disorder a mental illness?

Antisocial: Yes, it is. The hallmark of this disorder is the person seems to have no conscience, or sense of morality, or right or wrong. This person cannot empathize with others, is opportunistic, predatory, and often thrill seeking. An example of this would be Charles Manson. ...Read more

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Can I get a mental illness disability for borderline personality disorder?

It's possible: The criteria for mental illness disability is set by the state. Generally any disability must be severe enough to impair various life functions (work, school, relationships). Borderline personality disorder, when left untreated, can be quite debilitating to ones life functioning. One has to go through disability evaluation process. ...Read more

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Help please! Is borderline personality disorder considered a mental illness?

Help please! Is borderline personality disorder considered a mental illness?

Borderline: Is a personality disorder characterised by severe mood fluctuations, chaotic unstable interpersonal relationships, disturbed identity & self-image, chronic feelings of emptiness, impulsivity, chronic recurrent suicidal behaviors, transient paranoea or dissociation, & inability to control anger. It is classified as mental illness under cluster b personality disorders. ...Read more

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Is antisocial personality disorder a mental illness and is there medication for it?

Is antisocial personality disorder a mental illness and is there medication for it?

Ill Personality: Antisocial personality disorder is a mental illness and, while it is difficult to treat, it is treated primarily with psychotherapy and, sometimes, with added medications. Unfortunately, people with this disorder may not want treatment or think they need it. Often individuals with antisocial personality disorder are arrested because they have little or no regard for right and wrong. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more