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This book describes Personality Disorders, Diagnosis and Treatment and Related Diseases
A person with a personality disorder thinks, senses, behaves or communicates with others very differently from the average person.
There are several different forms of personality disorder.
Those who suffer from a personality disorder have great difficulty dealing with other people.
They are likely to be inflexible, rigid, and not able to react to the changes and demands of life.
Personality indicates a distinctive set of attributes, behavior styles, and patterns that make up the personality or distinctiveness.
The way people see the world, their attitudes, thoughts, and feelings are all part of the personality.
People with healthy personalities are able to deal with normal stresses and have no trouble forming relationships with family, friends, and co-workers.
While they feel that their behavior patterns are normal or right, people with personality disorders are likely to have a narrow view of the world and find it hard to take part in social activities.
It is not clear exactly what causes personality disorders, but they are believed to occur from a combination of the genes a person inherits and early environmental effects such as a distressing childhood experience (abuse or neglect).
There are many recognized personality disorders, each with their own set of behaviors and symptoms.
Cluster A: Odd or eccentric behavior
Schizoid Personality Disorder
Schizoid personalities are introverted, reserved, single, emotionally cold, and distant.
Paranoid Personality Disorder
The important feature for this type of personality disorder is interpreting the actions of others as terrorizing or debasing.
Schizotypal Personality Disorder
A pattern of peculiarities best depicts those with schizotypal personality disorder.
Strange, bizarre or paranoid beliefs and thoughts are frequent
Antisocial Personality Disorder
People with antisocial personality disorder typically act out their conflicts and pay no attention to normal rules of social behavior.
Borderline Personality Disorder
People with borderline personality disorder are not stable in several areas, such as interpersonal relationships, conduct, temper, and sense of self.
Histrionic personality disorder
People with histrionic personality disorder want to be the center of attention in any group of people, and they feel uncomfortable when they are not.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
People with narcissistic personality have an overstated sense of self-importance, are captivated by fantasies of unlimited success, and look for constant attention
Avoidant Personality Disorder
Avoidant personalities are often oversensitive to rejection and are not willing to become concerned with others unless they are sure of being liked.
Dependent Personality Disorder
People with dependent personality disorder may display a pattern of dependent behavior, depending on others to make decisions for them
Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
Compulsive personalities are conscientious and have high levels of ambition but they also try hard for perfection.
Symptoms differ depending on the type of personality disorder.
1. A deeply ingrained, inflexible pattern of involving, perceiving, and thinking serious enough to cause anguish or impaired functioning is a personality disorder.
2. Personality disorders are normally identified by adolescence, persist throughout adulthood, and become less evident throughout middle age
The treatment may involve individual, group, or family psychotherapy- talking therapy
Medicines may also be helpful in alleviating some of the symptoms
TABLE OF CONTENT
Chapter 1 Personality Disorders
Chapter 2 Causes
Chapter 3 Symptoms
Chapter 4 Diagnosis
Chapter 5 Treatment
Chapter 6 Prognosis
Chapter 7 Hypochondraiasis
Chapter 8 Paranoia