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How many personality disorders can someone have?

How many personality disorders can someone have?

All of them: Personality disorders are not mutually exclusive according to dsm-iv, the current diagnostic manual for psychiatry. So in theory it would be possible to have the whole list of about ten. Usually, though, patients with features of several disorders are diagnosed as "mixed personality disorder". Personally, i'm skeptical about the value of these labels, as personalities don't fall into neat bins. ...Read more

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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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How many personality disorders could I actually have?

How many personality disorders could I actually have?

Not many: Some of the personality disorders are incompatible with others, so there are limits. When people have features of more than one personality disorder that don't meet the full criteria for any one, they can be diagnosed with a "not otherwise specified" personality disorder. Typically, people don't meet full criteria for more than one. ...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?

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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What is a personality disorder.?

What is a personality disorder.?

Longstanding traits: Personality disorders are characterized by longstanding behaviors that lead to impairments because of a person's interactional style and temperament. There are several "clusters": a) isolative, distrustful interactions with others; b) intense and/or destructive relationships, and c) unusual styles of interactions. The key is that these are chronic styles, not episodes such as depression. ...Read more

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Help! exactly what is personality disorder?

Help! exactly what is personality disorder?

Cellular structures: X-ray is ionizing radiation. That is, it is capable of delivering sufficient energy to the body tissues to form free radical ions that can damage cellular dna. Some of the damaged areas can be repaired by normal repair mechanisms. Some are not. Some of the damage may cause premature cell death and the cells are replaced. Rarely the damage can induce a tumor years or decades later. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a personality disorder?

Depends on type : Symptoms of personality disorders depend on the type of personality disorder. According to dsm-iv-tr, these are the general symptoms: *an enduring pattern of behavior that deviates markedly from the norm. * ways of perceiving and interpreting self, other people and events.* inappropriate emotional response.* interpersonal functioning* impulse control.* inflexible and pervasive pattern. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a personality disorder?

How to tell if I have a personality disorder?

Think -Are, not have: A personality is what you're like, not something you have or get. It's not a disease, but a way of being that doesn't work very well. Borderline people flip between extreme attitudes of positive and negative on many, if not most things. It's hard for them to maintain anything for that reason. When they are pro, they love whatever it is, but it can and does change to con on a dime - and back again. ...Read more

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Borderloine personality disorder, what to do?

Borderloine personality disorder, what to do?

Therapy is key: Long-term psychotherapy is key to treatment of personality disorder though meds may have a role to play for certain symptoms. Mindfulness training can help. The kind of therapy shown to be most effective in studies is a kind of group therapy called dialectical behavior therapy. To get better, commit to longer term therapy starting with dbt. Hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a personality disorder?

Personality disorder: Persistent pattern of abnormality in mood, behavior and cognitive/perceptive functions, sufficient to cause distress or interfere with daily functions, not attributed to other psychiatric or physiological illnesses or effect of illicit substances. Symptoms are further classified depending on type of personality disorder. ...Read more

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