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    A personality disorder consists of inflexible, long-standing, maladaptive traits that cause significantly impaired functioning or great distress in one’s personal & social life.

Six Common Types of Personality Disorders

1. Paranoid personality disorder is a pattern of distrust and suspiciousness and perceiving others as having evil motives. (0.5 - 2.5% of population)

2. Schizotypal (sometines reffered to as schizotypical) personality disorder is characterized by an acute discomfort in close relationships, distortions in thinking, & eccentric behavior. (3 - 5% of population)
    Schizotypal personality disorder, or simply schizotypal disorder personality disorder is also characterized by a need for social isolation, odd behaviour & thinking, & often unconventional beliefs such as being convinced of having extra sensory abilities. Some people believe that schizotypal personality disorder is a mild form of schizophrenia.
    Schizotypal personality disorder is coded(listed) in the DSM-IV-TR 301.22 & chapter V of the tenth revision to the International Statistical Classification of Diseases ICD-10. Schizotypical disorder is not listed in either.

3. Histrionic personality disorder is characterized by excessive emotionality and attention seeking, (2% of population)

4. Obsessive-Compulsive personality Disorder or OCD is an intense interest in being orderly, achieving perfection, and having control. (4% of population)

5. Dependent personality disorder refers to a pattern of being submissive & clingy because of an excessive need to be taken care of. (2% of population)

6. Antisocial personality disorder refers to a pattern of disregarding or violating the rights of others without feeling guilt or remorse. (3% of population)

General Psychology
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