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Personality Disorders Part 2

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Personality Disorders Part 2 PSYC 3014

Virginia Tech

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These notes cover the continuation of Personality Disorders notes that were covered last class
Abnormal Psychology
Dr. John Richey
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Date Created: 10/18/16
Personality Disorders Part 2 Antisocial Personality Disorder  Clinical features o Intelligence, superficial charm o Callous, unemotional traits o Manipulative, narcissistic  DSM-5 Criteria o Impairments in self functioning (A or B) o A. Egocentrism o B. Goals based on personal gratification o Impairments in interpersonal functioning (A or B) o A. Lack of empathy o B. Lack of intimacy  Very small percentile of people with this disorder are suicidal  Often these traits can be seen early in development  Severe childhood conduct disorder is thought to be a precursor to ASPD  “The Mask of Sanity” o Psychopathy is a juxtaposition of severe underlying pathology against the overt appearance of mental health  “Cleckley Psychopath” o The ‘successful’ psychopaths who live among us o “successful” means that they can live normal live not that they can successfully kill people Borderline Personality Disorder  Pervasive pattern of instability in social relationships  Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment  Profound emotional reactivity  The term “borderline” is an antiquated and outdated term  Originally meant to refer to the ‘border’ between neurosis and psychosis  HIGHLY comorbid o Depression o Substance dependence  Idealization or devaluation of friends/family o “splitting”  “stormy” interpersonal relationships  Internal emotional turmoil o Emotional “lability”  Sometimes accompanied by extreme behaviors o Cutting o Self-injury o Excessive sexuality o Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI)  Suicide attempts might be attempts to manipulate others  Rate of suicide are elevated in BPD Why might a disorder characterized by lack of emotion regulation result in these kinds of behaviors? Cluster C [Anxious/Fearful]  A pervasive pattern of inhibited/fearful behaviors  Lifelong Avoidant Personality Disorder  Pervasive pattern of social inhibition  Limited social relationships o Patient desires to have relationships  Extreme sensitivity to criticism  DSM-5 Criteria o Social inhibition o Feelings of inadequacy o Fear of negative evaluation Dependent Personality Disorder  Dependent P.D. is a “pervasive and excessive need to be taken care of” o Leads to:  Submissive behavior  Clingy-ness Obsessive/Compulsive P.D.  A pervasive pattern of preoccupation with orderliness, perfectionism, and control  Comes at the expense of efficiency, interpersonal, flexibility, and openness  NOT THE SAME AS OCD o OCPD patients typically do not have ritualistic behaviors or “true” obsessions


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