Schizophrenia: When The Martians Are Coming…
Schizophrenia is unfortunately one of those mental disorders that suffers from not only distorted media headlines but the affects of popular culture with over 70% of characters on television with said disorder portrayed as being violent with more than one in every five being portrayed as a murderer. Contributions from these sources have helped create the commonly held belief that not only does schizophrenia mean a sufferer has a split personality but that people with this disorder are dangerous. The truth of the matter is, and research supports these facts, that people who suffer from schizophrenia are no more violent than people who do not have the illness.
Paranoid Personality Disorder
The paranoid personality disorder is not only sometimes difficult to diagnose but treatment can be even more troublesome. The main features of this disorder entail the sufferer to be excessively distrustful and suspicious of any and all people with no real justification for why.
Personality Disorder Clusters
According to the DSM-IV-TR (Diagnostic & Statistical Manual, Fourth Edition, Text Revision) personality disorders are described as “enduring patterns of perceiving, relating to, and thinking about the environment and oneself that are exhibited in a wide range of social and personal contexts” and “are inflexible and maladaptive, and cause significant functional impairment or subjective distress”. In this article we will discuss the different personality disorders and the clusters in which they fall.
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