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Personality Disorders

Personality Disorders | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?

Each personality disorder has different symptoms. People with these disorders have long-standing troubles in their relationships. Problems at work are also common. There are many different personality disorders, including these:

  • paranoid -- affected people think others are out to get them
  • schizoid -- affected people are "loners" and prefer to be alone
  • schizotypal -- affected people have very strange thoughts and beliefs
  • histrionic -- affected people are very emotional and dramatic
  • narcissistic -- affected people are very self-centered and think they are better than others
  • antisocial -- affected people lack a conscience, take advantage of others, and refuse to obey the laws of society
  • borderline -- affected people have unstable relationships and a poor self-image
  • avoidant -- affected people feel inferior to others and fear rejection
  • dependent -- affected people rely too much on others, often staying in abusive relationships because they fear being alone
  • obsessive-compulsive -- affected people are more concerned with the rules than the goal of an activity
  • passive-aggressive -- affected people are aggressive in a passive way, such as being late on purpose

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    Personality Disorders: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 05/02/01

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