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What is the technical definition of personality disorder?

What is the technical definition of personality disorder?

Pervasive pattern: A personality disorder is a pervasive dysfunctional pattern of interacting with the larger social world. It impacts one's interpersonal and intrapersonal functioning. ...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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What is the definition or description of: personality disorder?

What is the definition or description of: personality disorder?

Personality Disorder: 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 to distress or impairment. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: avoidant personality disorder?

Feeling inferior: Feelings of inferiority and inadequacy are the hallmarks of apd. These feeling usually give rise to pervasive difficulties around social situations, receiving negative feedback from others, and taking personal risks. People suffering from apd usually tend to view themselves as unlikable and subordinate to others, making most social contexts significantly stressful and even frightening. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Borderline personality disorder?

BPD is the most: Severe personality disorder, clinically, although it is rivaled by Antisocial Personality Disorder in society at large. BPD is characterized by a very fragile self-esteem, highly volatile interpersonal relationships and extreme mood and behaviors. This illness is often confused with bi-polar and drug intoxication states. Therapy takes a LONG time to be effective, if at all (CBT and DBT...) ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: histrionic personality disorder?

Drama n attention: By definition personality disorders are persisting patterns of behavior which interfere with one or more areas of life functioning. Histrionic traits tend to include dramatic and/or seductive behaviors, dramatic emotional expressions, calls for attention, and often also are acoompanied by a lack of psychological insight. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Antisocial personality disorder?

Meets needs of self: Lifelong condition that meets ones own needs but disregards the rights of others. May be harmful to others. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: narcissistic personality disorder?

What is the definition or description of: narcissistic personality disorder?

Narcissistic PD: Narcissistic personality d/o is a mental disorder with fixed and pervasive patterns of inner experience and outer behavior involving grandiosity, need for admiration, and lack of empathy for others. The person expects to be treated as superior, believes s/he is more special than others, and exploits others. Beneath all this lies a fragile self-esteem, vulnerable to the slightest criticism. ...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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Is it possible that I have a personality disorder?

Need more info: Personality disorder: enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition and inner experience, exhibited across many contexts and deviating markedly from those accepted by the individual's culture. These patterns develop early, are inflexible and are associated with significant distress or disability. Often multiple sources including heredity, childhood experience, etc. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have a personality disorder?

Very difficult: It can be hard to realize that you have a personality disorder, because your way of thinking and acting seems natural to you -- and you may blame others for the problems you face. Often, people with personality disorders come to treatment because of relationship problems, such as a spouse saying "get help or else! " so if concerned, it's best to see a psychiatrist or psychologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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How likely is it that I have a personality disorder?

Personality disorder: What symptoms do u have, what issues are u dealing with, & have u been evaluated by a mental health professional? . ...Read more

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What are some signs of having a personality disorder?

Recurrent patterns: To be a disorder, a personality style must cause impairment in day-to-day life. There are such a wide range that the type of impairment may be anything from never getting along with others to being a "neat-freak" who can't tolerate any level of disorder. The key is longstanding, repetitive problems over time because of the person's behaviors and interactional styles. ...Read more

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What exactly is the symptoms of a personality disorder?

What exactly is the symptoms of a personality disorder?

Personality disorder: A personality disorder is an enduring, pervasive, and inflexible pattern of inner experience and outer behavior that differs markedly from one's culture, begins in adolescence or early adulthood, and causes distress in important areas of life (relationships, work, etc). There are 10 different types, and some symptoms may overlap. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/personality-disorders/ds00562. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of having a personality disorder?

What are the symptoms of having a personality disorder?

Personality DO: Enduring behaviors associated with significant distress or disability, which deviates from social expectations. There are difficulties with emotions, cognitions, interpersonal relations, or control of impulses. ...Read more

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If I'm only 16, could I still have a personality disorder?

If I'm only 16, could I still have a personality disorder?

It is possible to: Have a personality disorder at 16 y.o. Please discuss your concerns w/a mental health professional. Do not diagnose yourself. Do not rely on medication alone. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Help please! Is being obsessive connected to a personality disorder?

Help please! Is being obsessive connected to a personality disorder?

Ocpd: That depends on what kind of obsessive thoughts or compulsive rituals you are having that are bothering u the most. Refer to my response on definition of Obsessive Compulsive Personality. ...Read more

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What are personality disorders?

What are personality disorders?

There are several: Personality disorders (narcissistic, borderline, obsessive compulsive, sociopathic) with different sets of symptoms. The common denominator is that people with personality disorders are comfortable with their symptoms and do not think there is anything wrong with them. Therefore it is very hard to treat them. They have little desire to change, DBT can help if they are willing to try. ...Read more

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What leads to personality disorders?

Genetics/Environment: Personality disorders usually arise from a complex interaction between genetic vulnerability and environmental circumstances. While less is known about the former, much has been studied with regard to the influence of early childhood trauma, neglect, and parental relationships as factors contributing to the symptoms associated with personality disorders. ...Read more

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Is Aspergers a personality disorder?

Is Aspergers a personality disorder?

No: What was formerly called Asperger's is now included in the mild end of the spectrum of autism. It is not a personality disorder, rather a different way of being that is in the spectrum primarily because the social difficulties (social tone deafness) experienced is out of proportion to otherwise normal to very high intelligence. ...Read more

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Can you outgrow personality disorders?

"Sometimes": Better answer is you mature and learn how to manage and control the undesired behaviors / elements of the disorder. (a good therapist helps speed this along). ...Read more

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Are personality disorders often similar?

Are personality disorders often similar?

Some are-some aren't: Dsm IV put 10 personality dx’s (pds) into three categories (reflecting similarities). A pd was defined as a long-term & pervasive pattern of disturbed behavior. The new dsm 5 formulation describes 6 pds (antisocial, avoidant, borderline, narcissistic, OCD & schizotypal) and requires a rating of five personality traits (negative affect, detachment, antagonism, disinhibition & psychoticism). ...Read more

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How do you diagnose personality disorders?

By the book.: The dsm used by psychologists and psychiatrists has certain guidelines that must be followed to make any diagnosis, and the personality disorders are no exception. The patient must meet a certain number of criteria to be so diagnosed. However, the severity of the condition is a bit more subjective and usually requires a number of visits and corroboration by friends, family, and co-workers. ...Read more

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