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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…]



Cluster A Personality Disorders

by Howard Gerber on November 22, 2010

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The American Psychiatric Association defines a personality disorder as a pattern of behavior and inner experiences that are differs from what the individual’s culture expects. There are three main clusters of personality disorders. The first is Cluster A, which includes eccentric or odd disorders. The second is Cluster B, which includes emotional, dramatic, or erratic disorders. The third is Cluster C, which includes anxiety and fear disorders. [continue reading…]