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What is an egocentric personality?

Egocentric : This terms usually refers to a self centered person who has a limited capacity for empathy.Best. ...Read more

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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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Is there truly something known as an addictive personality?

Is there truly something known as an addictive personality?

Not really: There are psychiatric conditions, such as bipolar disorder, where substance use disorders are more common, there is really no one particular personality type associated with having addictions. That being said, a lot of people who develop addictions will develop them to a lot of things - alcohol, drugs, compulsive shopping, dangerous behaviors etc. People who are impulsive&take risks more likely. ...Read more

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What kind of behavior is an organic personality disorder?

What kind of behavior is an organic personality disorder?

Yes: This is an older term. It refers to a situation in which someone has had an insult to the brain (i.e., infection or physical trauma). This results in personality characteristics changing - most often being an exaggerated representation of previously dominate traits. ...Read more

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What is an histrionic personality disorder?

Histrionic: Personality disorders are prevalent in the general population and are generally highly associated with disability.Overall, 14.79% of adult americans or 30.8 million, had at least 1 personality disorder. Histrionic personality disorder represents 1.84% of americans. They manifest with being uncomfortable unless he or she is the center of attention, dress provocatively andshift emotions rapidly. ...Read more

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What is an introvert?

What is an introvert?

Prefers alone time: An introvert is someone who prefers to spend time doing solitary activities over social ones. Things might include reading a book, gardening, meditating, etc. Introverts tend to draw energy from these activities and feel more drained after social interactions. An extrovert on the other hand prefers socializing and draws energy from social events. They tend to feel more energy with peers. ...Read more

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What is a dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) psychological addiction like?

What is a dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) psychological addiction like?

Addiction=addiction: A harmful pattern of use characterized by using more of the substance than intended, persistent desire or unsuccessful attempts to cut down or stop using, significant periods of time spent using or obtaining the substance at the expense of other major life responsibilities, and continuing to use despite the knowledge of adverse effects. Psychological would imply no tolerance for withdrawal. ...Read more

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Is there an opposite to manic dysphoria and what is it called?

Is there an opposite to manic dysphoria and what is it called?

Not really: The basic problem that we have in understanding mood disorders is that we seem to be "stuck" with the idea that bipolar disorders have to have two primary states. But, as you point out, manic dysphoria (energized but unpleasant moods) doesn't reallly fit this model. I guess the closest answer would be calm or lethargic euphoria. Since that has low mental energy and happy feelings. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an antisocial personalty disorder without being a psychopath or sociopath?

Yes: I consider "psychopath" to be a person with little to no conscious meaning that the person can exploit and hurt others freely and without remorse. Antisocial pd is a wider term for people (more men) who live in contrary way toward others and society (e.g. Break laws) but could still feel bad or want to change at some point. A portion of those with apd are also psychopaths. ...Read more

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What is anti-social personality disorder? How is it treated?

Sociopath: A person with an antisocial personality disorder lacks a conscience. This means that they are often insensitive, out for themselves, irresponsible & toxic to others. I know of no way to psychiatrically treat a sociopath. However, if they are held legally accountable for their actions, that may serve as a deterent for future criminal behavior. ...Read more

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What exactly is "gender confusion" and is it a sign of bipolar or borderline personality disorder?

What exactly is "gender confusion" and is it a sign of bipolar or borderline personality disorder?

Gender confusion: Gender confusion is when a person is not clear about his or her own gender -- gender identity d/o, a painful condition. These are people who feel strongly from childhood that they have been born into the wrong-gendered body. It is not a sign of borderline pd or bipolar disorder, although these other disorders can co-exist. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002495/. ...Read more

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What is a borderline personality disorder? Is it hard to explain?

What is a borderline personality disorder? Is it hard to explain?

Unstable Pattern: Borderline personality disorder (bpd) is a bit hard to explain, but it can be thought of this way. It's a lifelong pattern of instability in personal behavior, relationships, mood and self image. Those with bpd have a great fear of being abandoned, may regard others as all good or all bad, may have rapid mood swings , and repeated suicide attempts or other self-harming acts and usually feel empty. ...Read more

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What is a hallucinogenic drug that is also addictive?

What is a hallucinogenic drug that is also addictive?

All of them: may rarely be used in ways that would satisfy the clinical definition of "addiction." which is now (in DSM-%) defined by having more than 5 or 6 of the 11 criteria for a severe substance use disorder. However, none of these drugs cause physical dependency, with increased tolerance to effects and a withdrawal syndrome. Phencyclidine, MDMA (exstacy), LSD, psilocin mostly lead to episodes of abuse. ...Read more

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What is an anti-psychotic compared to an anti-depressant?

What is an anti-psychotic compared to an anti-depressant?

Anti psychotic : R used to treat psychosis and can be used as mood stabilizer , antidepressant r used to treat depression . Their content and potential side effect r different. ...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 is the difference between a psychological addiction and a physiological addiction?

What is the difference between a psychological addiction and a physiological addiction?

Addiction: When a heroin addict quits cold turkey, the pain that he feels in being "dope sick" is beyond description in agony. This is an example of physical addiction. When the physical symptoms finally pass, but the feeling of still needing the heroin in order to live remains, that is psychological addiction. ...Read more

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Is there such thing as an addictive personality?

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Addictive personalit: Sure. It is a trait that makes someone predisposed to addiction, such as substance abuse, food, gambling, exercise, pornography, work exercise addiction, or codependency. They display impulsive behaviors, nonconformity, sense of social alienation. They lack self-esteem & are very sensitive to stress. ...Read more

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Why is ADHD considered as a disorder? Is it not more of a personality trait?

Why is ADHD considered as a disorder? Is it not more of a personality trait?

Disorder for sure!: Brain studies show differences between persons w/ & w/o adhd, particularly in the left prefrontal cortex. Nimh demonstrated that the brains of kids w/ adhd are 3-4% smaller than those w/o adhd. There is also evidence of differences in neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine & Dopamine (altho the differences are complicated). Adhd causes problems w/ learning, school performance & behavior. ...Read more

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What is considered a command hallucination?

What is considered a command hallucination?

GET HELP!: Chemical imbalance. A command hallucination is an auditory hallucination that tells you to do something. For instance you can have an auditory hallucination where you believe that people talking. A command hallucination would actually tell you to act . Very serious and is a sign of psychosis like with schizophrenia. Needs immediate attention and medication. See a psychiatrist immediately. ...Read more

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Is there such thing as an addictive personality?

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Addictive personalit: Sure. It is a trait that makes someone predisposed to addiction, such as substance abuse, food, gambling, exercise, pornography, work exercise addiction, or codependency. They display impulsive behaviors, nonconformity, sense of social alienation. They lack self-esteem & are very sensitive to stress. ...Read more

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Is there any such thing as an addictive personality?

Is there any such thing as an addictive personality?

Not technically: Addictive personality is not officially a clinical term but has been used anecdotally for years. It perhaps describes the extremely high comorbidity and some predisposing factors behind addictions. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an addictive personality for sex?

Is it possible to have an addictive personality for sex?

Sex addiction: One can use sexual behavior compulsively and repeatedly with a succession of lovers to modulate emotions, rather than to relate intimately. Behavior is out of control, despite attempts to stop it; there are adverse consequences in medical, legal, and interpersonal areas. Escalating need for sexual activity, and lots of time spent in getting this -- fantasy, pornography, cyber-sex too. ...Read more

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Is it actually possible to have an addictive personality?

Is it actually possible to have an addictive personality?

Not exactly: There is no official diagnosis of addictive personality disorder. There are, however, personality traits and styles that increase a person's vulnerability to becoming substance dependent or developing impulse-control disorders, such as pathological gambling. Many people persist in activities they enjoy--this is not addiction. ...Read more

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Do women have a much more addictive personality than men?

Do women have a much more addictive personality than men?

See below: Scientific evidence does not support "a much more addictive personality" in women. The usual data looks at how many people (men or women) are dependent on drugs. In alcohol dependence there has been a gender gap, ie more men. But dependence is a mixture of nature and nurture so this has yet to be resolved. ...Read more

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Is there truly something known as an addictive personality?

Not really: There are psychiatric conditions, such as bipolar disorder, where substance use disorders are more common, there is really no one particular personality type associated with having addictions. That being said, a lot of people who develop addictions will develop them to a lot of things - alcohol, drugs, compulsive shopping, dangerous behaviors etc. People who are impulsive&take risks more likely. ...Read more

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Can you test to see if someone has an addictive personality?

Can you test to see if someone has an addictive personality?

Not Formally: This is a term that has been around a long time but is not recognised formally in the psychiatric literature. What is often a focus of treatment and psychological testing is the precursors, history, and manifestations of addiction. There are personality factors that also predispose oneto ddeveloping an addiction. ...Read more

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I have an addictive personality. How can I avoid falling into any traps?

I have an addictive personality.  How can I avoid falling into any traps?

Awareness / Control: The fact that you are already well aware of your vulnerability is very important in getting the upper hand of long issues, including addiction. Other steps to take include meeting with a counsellor or a psychologist to work out a variety of defense strategies - so that the inevitable exposures to your object of addiction can be anticipated with healthy responses. Antidepressants might be given. ...Read more

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How is addictive personality disorder treated?

How is addictive personality disorder treated?

With care: "addictive personality disorder" does not exist in the dsm-iv. But addiction itself is best treated in a comprehensive program involving mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual care. Some personality patterns may lead to difficulty, which can be dealt with in personal therapy. 12-step programs are also helpful in addressing common issues. The whole program is much larger than this, though. ...Read more

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I'm very sensitive and emotional. I also feel I have an addictive personality to substances, or perhaps it could be an oral fixation?

I'm very sensitive and emotional. I also feel I have an addictive personality to substances, or perhaps it could be an oral fixation?

Beats me: An answer to your question requires a full medical and psychiatric history, and lots of questions about your growing up, your experiences, your reactions to those experiences. These questions need a therapist who spends the time with you and gains enough of your trust to give you some answers. Freud's oral theories really arent believed anymore. No quick answer is gonna help you. Get a referral. ...Read more

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How can I convince doctor to prescribe Xanax (alprazolam)? I have mild-severe social anxiety. Tried SSRI's didn't work.I do not have an drug addictive personality.

How can I convince doctor to prescribe Xanax (alprazolam)? I have mild-severe social anxiety. Tried SSRI's didn't work.I do not have an drug addictive personality.

Some doctors won't: prescribe Xanax (alprazolam) (benzodiazepine - can be habit-forming). If SSRIs not helpful, venlafaxine is worth trying. Propranolol is an option. Therapy is best and can help change negative thoughts, improve self-confidence, and gradually work up to facing anxiety-inducing situations. Skills training and role-playing practice for social skills improve comfort and confidence relating to others. Best regards. ...Read more

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Dramatically changing his personality! how do I stop his addiction which is dramatically changing his personality?

Dramatically changing his personality! how do I stop his addiction which is dramatically changing his personality?

Changing others: I agree with dr. Fowler here -- it is not possible for you to "stop his addiction" if he does not see this as a problem. However, you can take good care of yourself by attending a 12-step program for friends & family of addicted people, and encourage him to attend a 12-step program. Sometimes planned interventions can be helpful -- you need a professional moderator & a plan for immediate care. ...Read more

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Help docs? Why is my personality so addictive and how can I overcome this?

Help docs? Why is my personality so addictive and how can I overcome this?

Nobody knows: But early life trauma and genetics probably play major roles in most people. There are many paths to overcoming it, but all involve some form of psychological therapies, as well as finding more supportive and healthier people to be in your life. Specific addictions need specific treatments, so it depends on whether you are talking alcohol, drugs, gambling, spending, sex. See a therapist to start. ...Read more

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What are 4 reasons addiction to drugs and alcohol can change your personality?

What are 4 reasons addiction to drugs and alcohol can change your personality?

1 reason for change.: Homework assignment? Will discuss 1 reason. When a person develops more & more of a singular focus, it excludes other things from their life. They may not have time for family or friends. They may miss work or church, family outings etc., because they are either using, trying to get the subtance to abuse or recovering from substance use. This means that other people & things loss importance. ...Read more

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I can't find a concrete answer anywhere; is Marijuana addictive or not? And what if the smoker has an addictive/obsessive personality?

I can't find a concrete answer anywhere; is Marijuana addictive or not? And what if the smoker has an addictive/obsessive personality?

You haven't looked: Marijuana dependency (addiction) is a diagnostic term used by both the DSM in the US, and the World Health Organization guidelines elsewhere. You are on medications that indicate either a bipolar diagnosis or some form of thought disorder (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder etc.). Marijuana is particularly bad for you, and at your age affects your ability to learn, remember and intelligence. ...Read more

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Narcissistic personality in addition to need for startup high and attention addiction. Does anyone know of treatment?

Psychoanalysis: Question is a bit difficult to comprehend. What is the treatment for a narcissistic personality who craves a "startup high" and "attention?" not clear what a "startup high" means. In any case, it seems to me that the only established treatment for such a person is psychodynamic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis. ...Read more

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Is it the challenge or risk that is addictive in gambling?

Is it the challenge or risk that is addictive in gambling?

Fear of loss: Great question. Nobel prize winning research shows that it's the fear of loss. Sounds contradictory, right? What happens is that losing some, people won't accept the loss and keep going to make up their losses. As gambling is by design a losing game (winning for house and zero sum), losses run and worsen the cycle. ...Read more

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Why is weed less addictive than other drugs? Explanations please?

Why is weed less addictive than other drugs? Explanations please?

Who says it is?: Addiction is not a function of the drug as much as it is a function of the person who is TAKING that drug. Most people who drink are not addicted to alcohol, but 10% or so are. The same number is true of marijuana, with about 10% of users having dependency. It has a very mild withdrawal syndrome for one, compared to alcohol, tranquilizers or opiates, and doesn't have the euphoria of stimulants. ...Read more

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Is wheat addictive?

Is wheat addictive?

No: Wheat is not addictive. The other common food grains are not addictive, either. That means one can eat wheat products everyday, then stop eating wheat products, and she'll be just fine (as long as she has other nutritious foods to eat). ...Read more

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