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The connection between chronic anxiety, pathological narcissism, depression, obsessive-compulsive traits and alcoholism and drug abuse is well established and common in clinical practice. But not all narcissists, compulsives, depressives, and anxious people turn to the bottle or the needle.
Personality disorders are like tips of icebergs. They rest on a foundation of causes and effects, interactions and events, emotions and cognitions, functions and dysfunctions that together form the patient and make him or her what s/he is.
Traumas (such as brain injuries) have been known to induce states of mind akin to full-blown personality disorders. Read more about personality characteristics, traits of this specific kind of disorder and treatments that may be relevant.
Cluster B disorders, (the Dramatic, Emotional, or Erratic Cluster)are comprised of the Antisocial, Borderline, Histrionic, and Narcissistic Personality Disorders. We start with Cluster B because the personality disorders it includes are more pervasive in our society.
Personality traits are enduring, usually rigid patterns of behavior, thinking(cognition), and emoting expressed in a variety of circumstances and situations and throughout one's life (typically from early adolescence onward). Some personality traits are harmful to both oneself and to others.
Are personality disorders the outcomes of inherited traits? Are they brought on by abusive and traumatizing upbringing? Or, maybe they are the sad results of the confluence of both?
Sam Vaknin discusses Histrionic Personality disorder, which is a less well known personality disorder than some. Like the somatic narcissist, the histrionic is preoccupied with physical appearance, sexual conquests, her health, and her body.
Is there anything you can do to avoid abusers and narcissists to start with? Are there any warning signs, any identifying marks, rules of thumb to shield you from the harrowing and traumatic experience of an abusive relationship? Read more to tell how he/she is a 'would-be' abuser.
Victims of abuse or stalking often have long lasting effects in their ability to function and cope with daily life. Although each individual will cope differently this article explains the emotional reasonings and behaviors that one might experience.
Have you ever wondered how they came up with what classifies a 'mental disorder?' This article provides a look at how researchers have come up with the ICD - or international classification of diseases.
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