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ANXIETY & PANIC ATTACKS
 

PERSONALITY DISORDERS

 
CLUSTER A (THE "ODD, ECCENTRIC" CLUSTER)
PARANOID PERSONALITY DISORDER:
  • Pervasive distrust and suspiciousness of other people.
  • Assumes that others are out to harm them, take advantage of them, or humiliate them in some way.
SCHIZOID PERSONALITY DISORDER:
  • Pervasive pattern of social detachment and a restricted range of emotional expression.
  • Tend to be socially isolated, they don't seem to seek out or enjoy close relationships.
SCHIZOTYPAL PERSONALITY DISORDER:
  • Unlike the Schizoid Personality Disorder, they also experience perceptual and cognitive distortions and/or eccentric behaviour. They may believe they can read other people's thoughts, or that that their own thoughts have been stolen from their heads.

CLUSTER B (THE "DRAMATIC, EMOTIONAL, ERRATIC" CLUSTER)
BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER:
  • Intense and unstable emotions and moods that can shift fairly quickly
  • Frequently have angry outbursts and engage in impulsive behaviors such as substance abuse, risky sexual liaisons, self-injury, overspending, or binge eating.
LNARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER:
  • Assume they have special powers, are uniquely talented, or that they are especially brilliant or attractive.
  • Preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success and power, so much so that they might end up getting lost in their daydreams.
  • Their need to be powerful, and admired, coupled with a lack of empathy for others and devoid of real intimacy and caring.
NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER:
  • Assume they have special powers, are uniquely talented, or that they are especially brilliant or attractive. Preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success and power, getting lost in their daydreams.
HISTRIONIC PERSONALITY DISORDER:
  • Excessive emotionality and attention seeking, they are uncomfortable in situations where they are not the center of attention. Their lives are full of drama (so-called "drama queens").
ANTISOCIAL PERSONALITY DISORDER:
  • Pervasive pattern of disregard for the rights of other people that often manifests as hostility and/or aggression, may engage in hostile acts such as bullying or intimidating others.

CLUSTER C (THE "ANXIOUS, FEARFUL" CLUSTER)
THE AVOIDANT PERSONALITY DISORDER:
  • Pervasive pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, and a hypersensitivity to negative evaluation. Intense anxiety in social situations, along with a fear of being ridiculed, criticized, and rejected.
DEPENDENT PERSONALITY DISORDER:
  • Strong need to be taken care of by other people, Associated fear of losing the support of others, often leads people with Dependent Personality Disorder to behave in a "clingy" manner.
OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE PERSONALITY DISORDER:
  • preoccupied with rules, regulations, and orderliness.
  • preoccupation with perfectionism and control is at the expense of flexibility, openness, and efficiency.