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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

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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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