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Can a child be diagnosed with a mental illness or personality disorder?

Can a child be diagnosed with a mental illness or personality disorder?

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

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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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Can narcissistic personality disorder have roots in a childs upbringing?

Can narcissistic personality disorder have roots in a childs upbringing?

Absolutely: There are subtypes of narcissistic personality, but in general you will find self-importance and grandiosity masking feelings of emptiness and inferiority. In other words, somewhere in the early years, a parent was insufficiently attuned to the child's emotional needs. ...Read more

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How do you prevent a child from becoming an adult with antisocial personality disorder?

How do you prevent a child from becoming an adult with antisocial personality disorder?

Psych evaluation: If your suspicions are right that your child may have antisocial behavior, i recommend that he/she consult a psychologist or psychiatrist to confirm the diagnosis. Psychotherapy will be part of the management plus medication. ...Read more

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Is borderline personality disorder associated with being emotionally abused as a child?

Is borderline personality disorder associated with being emotionally abused as a child?

Yes.: As children try to cope with abuse, often from a loved one, they often respond with anxiety, guardedness, hypervigillance, difficulty trusting others, dissociation, and anger. Over time this creates a pattern of relating to others and especially stress that is marked by poor attention, outbursts of anger, emotional instability, unstable relationships, dissociation, and even transient psychosis. ...Read more

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Can a history of being on the bad end of child abuse cause an avoidant personality disorder?

Can a history of being on the bad end of child abuse cause an avoidant personality disorder?

Avoidant: Personality disorder is a pervasive lifelong pattern of feelings of inadequacy, sensitivity to rejection, etc.. It’s highly doubtful that APD or other personality disorders, would be a result of childhood trauma. Trauma can make one susceptible to mood and anxiety disorders, most commonly. Regardless, seeing a therapist and a psychiatrist is the best recommendation given your history. ...Read more

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Once a child has traits of antisocial personality disorder, is there any hope of reversing the traits?

YES: Child learns from example. People around him should show love, respect, friendliness , kindness and other positive behavior for him to follow.Soon he will realize the negative attitude he is showing and later grow up to a responsible loving person. Thank god! ...Read more

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Does borderline personality disorder have anything to do with child hypersexuality?

Does borderline personality disorder have anything to do with child hypersexuality?

No: Borderline personality disorder is a serious condition with symptoms including severe mood instability, chronic feelings of emptiness, fear of abandonment and cutting or other self-harm behaviors. DBT with an experienced clinician with medications as adjuncts is very helpful. BPD probably has many causes, it is related to childhood sexual abuse in many cases but not hypersexuality. ...Read more

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Is multiple personality disorder associated with child abuse?

Is multiple personality disorder associated with child abuse?

Yes: As dr. Amster states, this disorder is called dissociative identity disorder. It's very rare (.1 - 1% of population), and many people with it have suffered longstanding child abuse along with severe emotional neglect. These kids (& later adults) deal with their intense pain by unconsciously sequestering and experiencing only portions of self at a time. Treatment facilitates healing and integration. ...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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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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