A personality disorder is a type of mental disorder that causes
a person to think, feel, and act differently than what is considered normal.
These abnormal attitudes and behaviors are not likely to change and can cause
the person problems in all areas of life, such as trouble getting along with
others at work or in the home.
People with personality disorders
may be described as manipulative or self-centered. They may lack empathy for
others and have trouble following social norms. Personality disorders are
lifelong and are often first noticed in early adulthood.
of personality disorders include antisocial personality disorder, borderline
personality disorder, and dependent personality disorder.
October 13, 2011
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Brigid McCaw, MD, MS, MPH, FACP - Family Violence Prevention & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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