Personality Disorders

Personality Disorders


Schizotypal personality disorder is characterized by severe social anxiety, paranoid ideation, derealization, transient psychosis, and often very unconventional beliefs. People with this condition may react oddly in conversations, not respond, or talk to themselves. They will likely have a very difficult [...]


Depressive personality disorder is a somewhat controversial diagnosis as it is currently not recognized as an actual personality disorder. It was originally included in the (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) DSM-II, but it was later removed from the [...]


Self-defeating personality disorder is categorized as an unspecified personality disorder, along with sadistic and passive-aggressive personality disorder, among others. People suffering from this condition will endure a great amount of unnecessary suffering. They will often go out of their way [...]


Paranoid Personality Disorder is categorized as a cluster A (odd) personality disorder that is characterized by a pervasive distrust and suspiciousness of others such that their motives are interpreted as being malevolent, beginning by early adulthood and being present in [...]


Passive-aggressive personality disorder is categorized as an unspecified personality disorder, along with haltose, depressive, self-defeating, psychopathic, and sadistic personality disorder. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), passive-aggressive personality disorder as a “pervasive pattern of negativistic attitudes [...]


Obsessive compulsive personality disorder is a mental illness characterized by having a persistent concern with perfectionism, orderliness, excessive attention to details, control over one’s environment, relationships, as well as their own thoughts. Such a pursuit for perfection does not come [...]


Sadistic personality disorder is a mental illness characterized by experiencing pleasure, typically sexual arousal, by inflicting pain upon someone or humiliating them in some way. This mental illness is somewhat controversial as it was last seen in the DSM-III-R, but was [...]


Antisocial personality disorder, also called sociopathy, is a mental illness characterized by having no regard for other people’s well-being. They will ignore the rights and feelings of other people and are typically unable to truly empathize. They also will not [...]


Histrionic personality disorder is characterized by being easily influenced by others, constant attention-seeking, emotional instability, and an intense desire to seek the approval of others. People who suffer from this mental disorder will often take on the role as the [...]


Dependent personality disorder is characterized by feelings of being overdependent on other people in an attempt to meet emotional needs, as well as going to great lengths to try and please others. Dependent personality disorder is one of the most [...]


Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental illness where the individual perceives themselves to be superior to others. They feel that they are more important than other people, have trouble empathizing with others, and are extremely judgmental. Their harsh judgments are [...]


Schizoid personality disorder is a mental illness where the individual suffering from it experiences a great deal of indifference toward most, if not all facets of their life. This indifference can affect personal relationships, their work life, their motivation to [...]


Borderline personality disorder is a mental illness characterized by an ongoing pattern of varying moods and an “all or nothing” (i.e. splitting) frame of mind. Someone suffering with this illness may find it very difficult to make decisions, as well [...]


Dissociative identity disorder is an extreme disconnection or separation from one’s own personality. Essentially, it’s a complicated and chronic post-traumatic psychopathology that is closely related to severe child abuse. Dissociation means a detachment from something else or a state of [...]


Avoidant personality disorder is a mental illness that’s characterized by a lifelong pattern of extreme social inhibition, sensitivity to rejection, and feelings of inadequacy. They may suffer from extreme insecurities and usually have very low self-esteem. Being criticized or disappointing [...]

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