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parents with borderline personality disorder face specific issues

parents with borderline personality disorder face specific issues There is little research on parenting among individuals with borderline personality disorder. However, problems with parenting in this group are often seen clinically, and affect infant development, in particular, the development of infant attachment and later behaviour problems. Mothers with personality disorder face specific issues when they […]

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GENERAL DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA FOR PERSONALITY DISORDER

GENERAL DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA FOR PERSONALITY DISORDER Personality disorder refers to an enduring pattern of inner experience and behaviour that deviates markedly from expectations of the individual’s culture. This pattern is manifested in two (or more) of the following areas: • cognition, that is, ways of perceiving and interpreting self, other people, and events • affectivity, […]

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obsessive compulsive personality disorder ocd case

obsessive compulsive personality disorder ocd case Obsessive compulsive personality disorder (OCPD or OCD) has the essential feature of “a preoccupation with orderliness, perfectionism, and mental and interpersonal control, at the expense of fl exibility, openness, and effi ciency”. Although students oft en talk about being “anal,” and an academic environment does reinforce a moderate amount […]

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dependent personality disorder symptoms

dependent personality disorder symptoms According to the DSM-IV-TR (American Psychiatric Association, 2000, p. 721), dependent personality disorder (DPD), one of the most prevalent disorders reported in mental health settings, is characterized by “a pervasive and excessive need to be taken care of that leads to submissive and clinging behaviors and fears of separation.” With these […]

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treatment of avoidant personality disorder

treatment of avoidant personality disorder Avoidant personality disorder (APD) is characterized by “the pervasive pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, and hypersensitivity to negative evaluation” (American Psychiatric Association, 2000, p. 718). In addition, these individuals oft en have low self-esteem and social phobia and tend to enter relationships only when unconditional acceptance is guaranteed […]

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cluster c personality disorder symptoms

cluster c personality disorder symptoms Cluster C entails pervasive anxiety and fear. Th is cluster is the most ambiguous of the three because it overlaps with Axis I diagnoses, especially anxiety, mood, eating, and somatoform disorders (Dolan-Sewell et al., 2001). Th e “central features of timidity, persistent tension, proneness to anxiety, dependence, lack of confi […]

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narcissistic personality disorder case study

narcissistic personality disorder case study Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is characterized by a “pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and lack of empathy that begins in early adulthood” (American Psychiatric Association, 2000, p. 714). Oft en viewed as the most obnoxious of the personality disorders, NPD individuals not only are arrogant but also have […]

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histrionic personality disorder case study

histrionic personality disorder case study Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) is characterized by excessive emotionality and attention-seeking behavior (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). Individuals with HPD are lively, overdramatic, demanding, dependent, and overreactive, always looking for reassurance. Th ey also have been characterized as shallow, egocentric, and manipulative (Maxmen & Ward, 1995). Millon et al. (2000) describe […]

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Borderline personality disorder treatment plan

Borderline personality disorder treatment plan  Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is unlike the other personality disorders in that it shows individual and cultural variations and may improve with age, even without treatment. Typical characteristics of BPD include impulsivity; unstable and intense interpersonal relations; poorly regulated emotions, including pronounced feelings of rage, emptiness, and boredom; poor anxiety […]

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treatment of schizotypal personality disorder

treatment of schizotypal personality disorder Schizotypal personality disorder (SPD) is characterized by “a pervasive pattern of social and interpersonal defi cits marked by acute discomfort with, and reduced capacity for, close relationships as well as by cognitive or perceptual distortions and eccentricities of behavior”People with SPD are seen by others as eccentric or weird, are […]

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