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Doctor insights on: Dsm Iv Criteria For Personality Disorders

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I think I have avoidant personality disorder but not sure. What are criteria?

I think I have avoidant personality disorder but not sure. What are criteria?

Avoidance: The key feature of apd is a longstanding tendency to be socially inhibited, feelings of inadequacy, and high sensitivity to perceived or real criticism that leads a person to avoid soical contact when possible because of those concerns. It causes impairment both in work situations and in interpersonal relationships. ...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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I got a diagnoses of dsm axis 2 personality disorder with features of narcissistic, borderline, ocd, dependent and histrionic. Why such a loose defini?

I got a diagnoses of dsm axis 2 personality disorder with features of narcissistic, borderline, ocd, dependent and histrionic. Why such a loose defini?

"Features" only: Key word here is "features" of various personality types. The interviewer noted that you have a fixed pattern of relating to the world and others no matter what the situation (personality disorder). This apparently includes features found in several personality disorders but no definitive one stood out. Firmer delineation may come over time, but characteristics of these disorders may overlap. ...Read more

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Which type of personality disorder is it when someone feels the need to argue about meaningless issues?

Obsessive/Compulsive: A person with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (different from obsessive-compulsive disorder) is another personality disorder that might argue about issues others find meaningless. These folks often have a need for precision and exactitude in the minute details of a project, details that other fail to see as significant. This can lead to lots of arguments. ...Read more

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What should I do to help myself live a better life while dealing with a personality disorder?

What should I do to help myself live a better life while dealing with a personality disorder?

Accept yourself: Accepting yourself as you are will go a long way towards allowing yourself to change. Feelings of shame can make it hard to open yourself to getting help -- yet without help, your condition will deteriorate and further harm your life. Work in dynamically-oriented psychotherapy with a trustworthy therapist committed to your healing. On your own: eat healthily, and exercise & rest consistently. ...Read more

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Is it possible at all for someone younger then 18 be diagnosed with a personality disorder? Has there ever been a case like that?

Yes: "for a personality disorder to be diagnosed in an individual younger than 18 years, the features must have been present for at least 1 year.The one exception to this is antisocial personality disorder, which cannot be diagnosed in individuals younger than 18 years." source: dsm-5 pages 647-648. ...Read more

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What would be the most common causes and solutions to 'personality disorder'?

What would be the most common causes and solutions to 'personality disorder'?

Personality disorder: Biopsychosocial, to include genetics and self concept and events or experiences. Treatment is psychotherapy. ...Read more

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How odd must a person be in order to be diagnosed with a personality disorder?

How odd must a person be in order to be diagnosed with a personality disorder?

How old: I assume u meant how old?. Personality do diagnoses are given above 18 years age. ...Read more

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How can I determine whether I have a personality disorder or not?

How can I determine whether I have a personality disorder or not?

Personality disorder: Personality disorders are long-term maladaptive patterns of thoughts and behaviors that cause distress. There are many types with variable symptoms. Seeing a mental health professional for an evaluation would be the best way to proceed. ...Read more

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I feel i may have an anti-social personality disorder. How do I know whether or not?

I feel i may have an anti-social personality disorder. How do I know whether or not?

Disregard for others: "antisocial" personality disorder is generally about violating the rights of others. Examples include: repeatedly doing things that could get you arrested, being deceitful, being impulsive, assaulting others, being reckless and irresponsible, and not feeling guilty about your bad behavior, beginning in childhood. If this fits and you don't want to be this way, see a therapist asap. Best wishes! ...Read more

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