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Do most alcoholics have personality disorders?

Do most alcoholics have personality disorders?

ADHD: According to an american psychiatry association report, the majority of alcoholics are people with untreated adhd, at least. Folks with personality disorders and other neuropsychiatric problems are also at higher risk for acohol abuse. ...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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How many people in the u.S. Are diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder?

How many people in the u.S. Are diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder?

Fairly common: Estimates are 8% in males and 5% in females in the us as lifetime prevalence. Since this tends to be a chronic disorders, especially if untreated, that translates pretty closely into you haveing about a 5-8% chance of running into (or being) someone with npd. ...Read more

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What causes personality disorder?

What causes personality disorder?

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. ...Read more

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What is personality disorder like?

There are many.: There are many types of personality disorders. The important thing to remember is that traits are only considered to be a disorder if they are inflexible. Inflexible traits that are maladaptive to the environment and cause significant functional impairment or subjective distress are the hallmark of a personality disorder. ...Read more

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Is disosial personality disorder a ilness?

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Is disosial personality disorder a ilness?

Antisocial?: Do you mean antisocial personality disorder? Yes, it is an illness, just like any other; treatment is by therapy. Personality disorders are notoriously difficult to manage. ...Read more

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What are the signs of having dissociative personality disorder?

Can be difficult: One has to be careful with this diagnosis, as individuals can be prone to believing they have this based upon unwitting reinforcment of the idea by an inexperienced or naive professional. This is serious and one should find and experienced provider. Often there is a history of abuse, and disting periods of time where an individual has conductied activities for which they have no recall. ...Read more