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Test For Personality Disorders
Tests don't diagnose: Psych tests do not diagnose anything. The results are helpful in sunstantiating a mental disorder or identifying the possibilty of one.A a thoeough clinical interview and collateral info from family are very useful in making the dianosis. Some objective personality tests (eg, mmpi, pai, etc) can aid in making the dx. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Tests? no Help? yes!: Have you been diagnosed? Mostly, this fairly rare diagnosis is made by listening to the persons description. Talk with the doctor about how they came to this conclusion and your thoughts/feelings about it. Many, if not most mental/emotional disorders are lacking objective, biologically based definitive tests. It makes it hard for you and the doctor - so work together on both diagnosis & treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No simple test: Unfortunately no simple tests--like blood tests or mris--can tell us if we have a personality disorder. If your gp has specialized training in psychiatry s/he may be able to help you with that. Most likely you would be referred to a psychologist or psychiatrist, and they typically use a thorough history and psychological testing to help answer your question. Your gp may help with a referral. ...Read more
What treatments can I recieve for mood disorders, anxiety disorder, conduct disorder, psychotic disorder?
Psychiatric eval: Psychiatric evaluation would be the first thing you need here, to determine the most likely diagnosis that could explain your symptoms. There are various medications that help mood disorders, psychosis, and anxiety; psychotherapies are important treatments in all of those and in conduct disorder. You can receive comprehensive treatment once we understand what's wrong & what's needed. ...Read more
How common is it for someone to have borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, and antisocial personality disorder?
Statistics: Estimates regarding the prevalence of borderline personality disorder (bpd) in the general population have suggested a 1 – 2% rate of lifetime occurrence (apa, 2000). The nmih cites that the prevalence of bipolar in adults in the us is 2.6% and antisocial personality disorder to be at 1%. If you have concerns about any or all of these, seek help. Doctors are trained to help and not judge. Best. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How common is it for someone to have borderline personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, and bipolar disorder all together?
Co-occurence common: The "comorbidity" (co-occurrence) of personality disorders is high, so if someone meets the diagnostic criteria for *any* personality disorder (pd), they are likely to meet the diagnostic criteria for as many as four to six pds. This reflects (in part) a limitation of dsm-iv/5 (the psychiatric diagnostic manual). Bipolar mood disorder is a different animal, but can co-exist with a pd. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Read NIH fact sheet: Nih fact sheet: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001918/ this is a personality disorder with several specific criteria that need time (several visits) to be clarified with your treating psychiatrist. You can ask your primary doctor for a referral. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
DBT: Dialectic behavior therapy (dbt) is a clinically validated treatment that was developed specifically to treat patients with borderline personality disorder (bpd).It involves 12 weeks of skills training (in mindfulness meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy directed at the unique challenges for patients with (bpd).Skills training is done in a group, and patients have individual dbt therapists. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Clinical Diagnosis: There are no laboratory tests for dysthymic disorder. The diagnosis is made on the basis of specific symptoms related to diminished functioning and poor mood over a long time (2 years or more). Symptoms are similar to those for major depression but fewer and possibly less severe. ...Read more
Diagnostic Criteria: Schizoaffective disorder can appear surprisingly similar to several other conditions including schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, brief psychotic disorder, delusional disorder, and substance-induced psychotic disorder. Screening questions should be designed to provide the examiner information regarding the diagnostic criteria found in the dsm-iv-tr. ...Read more
Please advise if it's common for bipolar disorder to be misdiagnosed as borderline personality disorder?
Sometimes.: Yes, on the surface. Some of the characteristics are similar such as the mood instability, impulsivity, sleep disorder especially the hypomanic states. Unlike the bipolar disorder which have distinct periods of mania and depression lasting at least a week, borderline personality disorder shows a pervasive pattern of instability with extremes of idealization and devaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible for someone to have both schizotypical personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder?
Yes, but look deeper: One can have two personality disorders, they aren't "mutually exclusive". However you may consider looking deeper at some treatable cause of these symptoms. For example an untreated anxiety disorder or bipolar disorder can sometimes present with these types of issues, and both of these can be treated more easily than a personality disorder! ...Read more
Clinical Exam: As with many psychiatric disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (ocd) is diagnosed by a comprehensive clinical examination. A patient must meet criteria set forth in the diagnostic & statistic manual or the icd-9 diagnosis manual. Questionaires, such as the yale-brown obsessive compulsive scale (ybocs), can help diagnose OCD and monitor one's progress during treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to say: Personality disorders don't happen just in days. It would take a while for someone with personality disorder to learn different ways of seeing this world and respond differently. However, if the person recognizes his/her struggle and is longing for some positive changes in his/her life, I am still opmistic. ...Read more
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