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Personality Disorders

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Disclaimer: This informational guide discusses topics such as Anti-Social Personality Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: please exercise caution.

Each resource gives insight into the science behind personality disorders, tips and tricks for how to minimize it's impact on your day, and inspiring stories from those who struggle with personality disorders. Keep in mind that all experiences are unique, and the information included does not reflect everyone's lived reality.

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Personality Disorders

The personality disorders are a group of psychological disorders characterized by inflexible and maladaptive patterns of relating to others that result in impairments in day-to-day functioning. The personality disorders are reflected by personality traits that are significantly extreme or exaggerated, making it difficult to establish functional relationships with others. According to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5, 2013) of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the personality disorders are defined by an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that is consistently dysfunctional and creates impairment in functioning. Symptoms of personality disorders are usually evident by early adulthood, coinciding with the developmental period when personality patterns have become established in most people.