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What is a personality disorder.?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
8 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Personality Disorder

Is inflexible pattern of perceiving, interpreting & communicating with others that results in distress or interferes with one's daily functioning.

In brief: Personality Disorder

Is inflexible pattern of perceiving, interpreting & communicating with others that results in distress or interferes with one's daily functioning.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: The way you are

A Personality Disorder develops over time over time.
It leads to difficulties from dysfunctiona l interactional styles and temperament. There are several kinds - "clusters": a) isolative, distrustful interactions with others; b) intense and/or destructive relationships, and c) strange styles of interaction. The key is that these are characteristic styles, not episodes such as depression.

In brief: The way you are

A Personality Disorder develops over time over time.
It leads to difficulties from dysfunctiona l interactional styles and temperament. There are several kinds - "clusters": a) isolative, distrustful interactions with others; b) intense and/or destructive relationships, and c) strange styles of interaction. The key is that these are characteristic styles, not episodes such as depression.
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Dr. Lynne Weixel
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