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Mental Illness Vs Personality Disorder
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
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
Personality disorder: Yes. Personality disorders are a class of mental disorders. There are many different types of personality disorders. ...Read more
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
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
Personality Disorder: This is a bit of a semantic problem. Personality disorders are not seen as major mental illnesses, like bipolar, schizophrenia, depressive or anxiety disorders. They are not very responsive to meds. However, they do affect the quality of life and may generate the above conditions in certain circumstances. Avoidant pd can overlap with anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder or social phobia. ...Read more
Antisocial: Yes, it is. The hallmark of this disorder is the person seems to have no conscience, or sense of morality, or right or wrong. This person cannot empathize with others, is opportunistic, predatory, and often thrill seeking. An example of this would be Charles Manson. ...Read more
It's possible: The criteria for mental illness disability is set by the state. Generally any disability must be severe enough to impair various life functions (work, school, relationships). Borderline personality disorder, when left untreated, can be quite debilitating to ones life functioning. One has to go through disability evaluation process. ...Read more
Borderline: Is a personality disorder characterised by severe mood fluctuations, chaotic unstable interpersonal relationships, disturbed identity & self-image, chronic feelings of emptiness, impulsivity, chronic recurrent suicidal behaviors, transient paranoea or dissociation, & inability to control anger. It is classified as mental illness under cluster b personality disorders. ...Read more
Ill Personality: Antisocial personality disorder is a mental illness and, while it is difficult to treat, it is treated primarily with psychotherapy and, sometimes, with added medications. Unfortunately, people with this disorder may not want treatment or think they need it. Often individuals with antisocial personality disorder are arrested because they have little or no regard for right and wrong. ...Read more
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Can I be declared to have a mental illness disability for borderline personality disorder in tennessee?
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
Can fear of abandonment be manifested as a key symptom in other mental illness besides borderline personality disorder?
Fear of abandonment: Is not unique to Borderline Personality Disorder which includes a pattern of unstable intense relationships, distorted self-image, extreme emotions and impulsiveness. It may occur in otherwise healthy individuals or in individuals who are anxious and/or depressed. Develop emotional self-reliance, positive self-esteem, self-confidence and realistic relationships. Therapy can help. Best regards. ...Read more
Can mental illness's such as bi-polar disorder, ADHD and borderline personality disorder cause a person to burnout faster than others?
If untreated...: All mental health problems can cause a person to "burn out" faster if gone untreated, especially those you listed. The above mental health problems have symptoms realted to hyperactivity and mood libility, which cause other problems such as fatigue etc (aka, burn out). I suggest one seeks proper mental health treatment for any and all mental health problems. ...Read more
Why is it that some days I am in love with myself and other days I despise myself with a passion? Personality disorder? Mood disorder? Mental disorder
Impossible to say: What is clear is that you are suffering from this. I would recommend that you see your family doctor to rule out any physical illness and then either a psychologist or a psychiatrist who can take your history and diagnose what ails you. Then you can safely proceed with an agreed upon treatment plan. Help is available, so please utilize the mental health resources available. You deserve this help. ...Read more
How long does it take to diagnose someone with bipolar disorder &/or borderline personality disorder? R these mental illnesses or personality traits?
Variable: It may take several sessions of history-gathering and observing to make diagnoses of this type -- but symptoms & mental status signs may be clear from the start. Borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder are both mental illnesses, not just personality traits. Both may be present in the same person. Borderline pd often has more intense symptoms in intimate relationships than others. ...Read more
Are mental illnesses narcissistic personality disorder and psychotic depression related to one another?
It can happen: The 2 conditions are not directly related. But narcissistic personality-disordered people can become very depressed -- sometimes even psychotically so. This may happen due to perceived failures in empathy, to which they are exquisitely sensitive. Rather than being a little hurt and getting over it like less impaired people might, an npd person may lose his/her entire feeling of self-hood. ...Read more
When I hear about manipulative behavior this could be a psychopathic person who wants to "get one over" on you or it could be someone with a histrionic personality who would be manipulative to get one's attention not for the purpose of exploiting the person like the psychopath.
Playing the victim can be from many different types of disorders (e.g. Trauma, borderline pd,) or just personality styl. ...Read more
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
The Joker: I'm not sure about this, as there's a lot you're not saying here. Joking can be engaging and fun, and people enjoy laughing. But if the person is never, ever able to have a serious conversation, the joking may be serving a more defensive purpose. There's a big difference between being light-hearted, and feeling compelled to crack jokes constantly even when serious or sad things are going on. ...Read more
Is it possible that highly maniplulative people are suffering from a mental disorder and therapy can help. Otherwise is it down to personality.
Manipulative people: May be helped w/therapy. If it is part of a personality disorder the prognosis is not a good as if it is not. Either way, encourage the person to consider therapy. Also, make sure you remain strong in the face of people like this. Don't waste energy trying to convince them of something, just don't go along w/what they are trying to manipulate you into. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Can all patients of borderline personality disorder get sent to mental institutions for some time?
What do you suggest if I would like to see my doctor about getting diagnosed with a mental/personality disorder?
Not a problem.: If you have insurance, go to the insurance website and search for docs in your geographic. Check benefits and call the doc's office. Psychologists and psychiatrists are your best choices because its their specialty, especially psychologists because they can administer personality and other tests that tend to go a little deeper. Find a licensed professional, regardless. ...Read more
I'm having trouble getting aroused. I have mental issues like borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder. Is that a possible reason? Tips?
Terminology: I'm imagining you mean disabling by serious. All Dx'd conditions need to be taken seriously and managed well but most do not limit your life activities, expectancy or quality. Many do not require medication. Theymost often are a combo of genetic propensity, social learning and environmental stress. Your pills will help most w/ CBT therapy to learn skills and better understanding of yourself. Best! ...Read more
Borderline PD: Borderline pd isn't just an "infantile" illness. In fact the developmental period most implicated in this disorder is separation-individuation -- around 18-36 months of age. For none of us is it "a breeze, "and we all struggle to an extent. But bpd gets less support from parents during this time than most do, and there can be earlier development issues also. We all try to get what we need. ...Read more
Extreme people pleasing and/or extremely afraid of upsetting others is associated with which personality disorder/s?
Vague: A diagnosis cannot be made with that information alone. Can fall into too many categories.... ...Read more