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Cluster B Personality Disorders

by Howard Gerber on December 20, 2010

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The definition of a personality disorder, as defined by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), is a pattern of inner experiences and behaviors that differ from the cultural experiences of the individual. There are three primary personality disorder clusters. Cluster A includes odd or eccentric disorders. Cluster B includes dramatic, emotional, or erratic disorders. Cluster C includes fear and anxiety disorders. The biggest difference between other mental health problems and personality disorders, which may appear quite similar on the surface, is that symptoms resulting from a personality disorder cannot be changed with negative consequences or with medications. The only way to help a patient with a personality disorder is through therapy, which may allow the patient to see that his or her behavior is unacceptable to society as a whole and encourage the patient to find other, more socially acceptable, ways to express themselves. [continue reading…]