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Personality Disorders

Psychopathy vs. Antisocial Personality Disorder

Psychopathy is a common term used to describe a grouping of personality traits that includes such things as impulsive behavior, lack of regard for others, lack of a normal range of emotional responsiveness, and frequent deception or manipulation of others. People who have these traits are known as psychopaths or sociopaths. However, the American Psychiatric …

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How to Communicate With Your Borderline Personality Disordered Loved One

Receiving the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD) can come as a relief – finally knowing what is wrong and that there may be some solutions. But even after diagnosis, many attendant conflicts remain. There are few medications that work for BPD, and certainly no “magic bullet.” The disorder is known to be so complicated …

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Borderline Personality and Identity: Understanding Yourself in Order to Heal

When experts discuss borderline personality disorder (BPD), they often discuss a “syndrome of identity diffusion.” Identity diffusion is one of the characteristics that sets borderline personality apart from what experts term “neurotic personality organization,” and is perhaps the part of borderline that makes it most confusing for those who suffer from it.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder is a mental illness that is characterized by the inability to control strong negative feelings or impulses that often result in destruction of, or interference with, interpersonal relationships. People with borderline personality disorder lack the ability to let things roll off their backs and often experience unwarranted paranoia and jealousy. People on …

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Links Between Substance Abuse and Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD)

Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) is an officially recognized condition that belongs to a larger group of mental health disorders known as personality disorders. People with the condition have a persistent pattern of exploitative, manipulative behaviors that violate social norms, damage or impair relationships, and infringe upon aspects of other people’s personal rights. Some mental health …

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Understanding Personality Disorders

Chances are pretty good that you already know somebody with a personality disorder. You may not know the name of the problem and, in fact, the person may not even have been formally diagnosed by a medical professional. However, you can’t help shaking the feeling that something is “off”. One of the most serious of …

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Understanding the Narcissist – Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Like other personality disorders, narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is associated with specific narcissistic traits. You may perceive someone with narcissism as arrogant, rude and self-absorbed. They often behave in ways that have a negative impact on others. But there’s more to this disorder than meets the eye, and a narcissistic person doesn’t choose their disorder. …

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A Breakthrough for Borderline Personalities: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Proves Effective

About thirty years ago a professor at the University of Washington was working with suicidal women, many of whom were borderline personalities. This group is notoriously difficult to treat. They usually have not just one but a large number of problems, such as self-injury behaviors, substance abuse and eating disorders, that “travel” with their personality …

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