Personality Disorders

Thursday, March 12

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Upcoming Activities: Module 12

  • Thursday, March 12 - Module 12 Lesson 2 – Assignment Understanding Schizophrenia - In this assignment, you will examine the oftentimes confusing nature of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia and Dissociative Identity Disorder have been mixed up so many times in Hollywood that it can be confusing.
  • Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 - Module 12 Multiple Choice Test - The Module 12 Multiple Choice Test will open at 7 am Monday, March 16 and close promptly at 4 pm, Monday, March 16. It will reopen again at 7 am Tuesday, March 17 and close again at 4 pm. If you cannot take the test Monday, then you need to take it Tuesday. If you cannot take the test Tuesday, then you need to take it Monday. If you take the test outside of this test window, you will only be able to receive 60% of your earned graded. This is a reminder of the policy in your syllabus.
  • Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18 - Module 12 Written Response Test - The Module 12 Essay Test/Written Response will open at 7 am Tuesday, March 17 and close promptly at 4 pm, Tuesday, March 17. It will reopen again at 7 am Wednesday, March 18and close again at 4 pm. If you cannot take the test Tuesday, then you need to take it Wednesday. If you cannot take the test Wednesday, then you need to take it Tuesday. If you take the test outside of this test window, you will only be able to receive 60% of your earned graded. This is a reminder of the policy in your syllabus.

INSTRUCT: Personality Disorders

Cluster A personality disorders

Cluster A personality disorders are characterized by odd, eccentric thinking or behavior. They include paranoid personality disorder, schizoid personality disorder and schizotypal personality disorder. It's not necessary to exhibit all the signs and symptoms listed for a disorder to be diagnosed.

Cluster B personality disorders

Cluster B personality disorders are characterized by dramatic, overly emotional or unpredictable thinking or behavior. They include antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder. It's not necessary to exhibit all the signs and symptoms listed for a disorder to be diagnosed.

Antisocial personality disorder

  • Disregard for others' needs or feelings
  • Persistent lying, stealing, using aliases, conning others
  • Recurring problems with the law
  • Repeated violation of the rights of others
  • Aggressive, often violent behavior
  • Disregard for the safety of self or others
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Consistently irresponsible
  • Lack of remorse for behavior

Borderline personality disorder

  • Impulsive and risky behavior, such as having unsafe sex, gambling or binge eating
  • Unstable or fragile self-image
  • Unstable and intense relationships
  • Up and down moods, often as a reaction to interpersonal stress
  • Suicidal behavior or threats of self-injury
  • Intense fear of being alone or abandoned
  • Ongoing feelings of emptiness
  • Frequent, intense displays of anger
  • Stress-related paranoia that comes and goes

Histrionic personality disorder

  • Constantly seeking attention
  • Excessively emotional, dramatic or sexually provocative to gain attention
  • Speaks dramatically with strong opinions, but few facts or details to back them up
  • Easily influenced by others
  • Shallow, rapidly changing emotions
  • Excessive concern with physical appearance
  • Thinks relationships with others are closer than they really are

Narcissistic personality disorder

  • Belief that you're special and more important than others
  • Fantasies about power, success and attractiveness
  • Failure to recognize others' needs and feelings
  • Exaggeration of achievements or talents
  • Expectation of constant praise and admiration
  • Arrogance
  • Unreasonable expectations of favors and advantages, often taking advantage of others
  • Envy of others or belief that others envy you

Cluster C personality disorders

Cluster C personality disorders are characterized by anxious, fearful thinking or behavior. They include avoidant personality disorder, dependent personality disorder and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. It's not necessary to exhibit all the signs and symptoms listed for a disorder to be diagnosed.

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