Personality Disorders


MSH: A major deviation from normal patterns of behavior.,CSP: when normal personality traits become inflexible and maladaptive, causing subjective distress or impaired social functioning, they can be considered disorders.,MEDLINEPLUS: <p>Personality disorders are long-term patterns of thoughts and behaviors that cause serious problems with relationships and work. People with personality disorders have difficulty dealing with everyday stresses and problems. They often have stormy relationships with other people. The exact cause of personality disorders is unknown. However, genes and childhood experiences may play a role.</p><p>Symptoms vary widely depending on the specific type of personality disorder. Treatment usually includes talk therapy and sometimes medicine.</p>,NCI: A diverse category of psychiatric disorders characterized by behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual's culture; this pattern of deviation is pervasive and inflexible and is stable over time. The behavioral pa

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