Personality Disorders

Personality Disorders

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Columbus, GA

#1 Jun 8, 2011
Personality disorders are a group of psychiatric conditions in which a person's long-term (chronic) behaviors, emotions, and thoughts are very different from their culture's expectations and cause serious problems with relationships and work

Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The causes of personality disorders are unknown. However, many genetic and environmental factors are thought to play a role.

Mental health professionals categorize these disorders into the following types:

•Antisocial personality disorder

•Avoidant personality disorder

•Borderline personality disorder

•Dependent personality disorder

•Histrionic personality disorder

•Narcissistic personality disorder

•Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder

•Paranoid personality disorder

•Schizoid personality disorder

•Schizotypal personality disorder

Symptoms
Symptoms vary widely depending on the type of personality disorder.

In general, personality disorders involve feelings, thoughts, and behaviors that do not adapt to a wide range of settings.

These patterns usually begin in adolescence and may lead to problems in social and work situations.

The severity of these conditions ranges from mild to severe.

Signs and tests
Personality disorders are diagnosed based on a psychological evaluation and the history and severity of the symptoms.

Treatment
At first, people with these disorders usually do not seek treatment on their own. They tend to seek help once their behavior has caused severe problems in their relationships or work, or when they are diagnosed with another psychiatric problem, such as a mood or substance abuse disorder.

Although personality disorders take time to treat, there is increasing evidence that certain forms of talk therapy can help many people. In some cases, medications can be a useful addition to therapy.

Expectations (prognosis)
The outlook varies. Some personality disorders go away during middle age without any treatment, while others only improve slowly throughout life, even with treatment.

Complications
•Problems with relationships

•Problems with career

•Other psychiatric disorders

Calling your health care provider
Call for an appointment with your health care provider or mental health professional if you or someone close to you has symptoms of a personality disorder.

References
1.Blais MA, Smallwood P, Groves JE, Rivas-Vazquez RA. Personality and personality disorders. In: Stern TA, Rosenbaum JF, Biederman J, Rauch SL, eds. Massachusetts General Hospital Comprehensive Clinical Psychiatry. 1st ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier;2008:chap 39.
Review Date: 11/14/2010.

Reviewed by: Linda Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine; and David B. Merrill, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

(source) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0...
Who gives a

United States

#2 Jun 8, 2011
WOW, she can copy from her text book and type it to the web. That is amazing
dead end road

Littleton, CO

#3 Jun 18, 2011
at least she is trying to talk about something worth talking about... and if you had a brain you would check the link posted and see that it came from a web site. also, i don't see anything that indicated a female posted that ....could have been a "he".

Since: Jul 10

Any town USA

#4 Jun 18, 2011
Dead end road...Is that the story of your life? This is a news feed, not a college education feed. This post was started by the dope who runs ryanradio.
dead end road

Columbus, GA

#5 Jul 9, 2011
cowboy67 wrote:
Dead end road...Is that the story of your life? This is a news feed, not a college education feed. This post was started by the dope who runs ryanradio.
how do you know? prove it!
TEENRUPTION

Columbus, GA

#6 Jul 9, 2011
look out ryanradio ... cowboy67 thinks you are dope... he might try to smoke you,,, since he already smoked up all his sense...

Since: Jul 10

Any town USA

#7 Jul 18, 2011
dead end road wrote:
<quoted text>
how do you know? prove it!
Your actions speak for you.

Since: Jul 10

Any town USA

#8 Jul 18, 2011
TEENRUPTION wrote:
look out ryanradio ... cowboy67 thinks you are dope... he might try to smoke you,,, since he already smoked up all his sense...
I will have to remember that one next time I go up against another 6 year old.

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