n Mental Health Matters - Understanding personality disorders

Volume 3, Issue 1
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Personality can be described as 'the totalities of qualities and traits, as of character or behaviour, specific to a specific person'. The term personality disorder (PD) refers to a diagnostic category, and is characterised by chronic, inflexible and maladaptive patterns of behaviour, or as experiences and behaviours that differ from societal norms and expectations. Personality disorders can affect every aspect of the individual's life, as well as those around them, but the most noticeable is the negative effects which may occur in terms of relationships with others.

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