Personality Disorders : A Personality Disorder

1030 Words Apr 21st, 2015 5 Pages
Personality disorders (PD) are inflexible and maladaptive traits in a person, which makes them unable to perform adequately in some of the varied roles expected of them by their society (Butcher, 2013). These chronic and persistent behavioral and emotional disturbances are often difficult to treat. Nonetheless, some of their treatments reflex those of a mentally ill person. A mental illness refers to mental or behavioral patterns or abnormalities that cause either suffering or impaired ability to function in ordinary life. Personality disorders are controversial among people, such as mental health staff, researchers and policy makers (Emergence, 2012). The center of the controversy stems from the question “is a personality disorder a mental disorder or is it a personality style that makes an individual atypical?” This paper will give reasons for personality disorders to have a diagnostic category in the DSM in respects to diagnosis, causation and treatment.
Diagnosis of personality disorders are the hot topic of the controversy. This aspect of a personality disorder is very sensitive because the base of a diagnosis is due to the perception of a mental health care professional and the diagnostic criteria from the DSM (Emergence, 2012). Most of the diagnostic criteria suggests that a person with a personality disorder has excessive, unusual, hypersensitive or an impairment, compared to other people in that individuals society (Emergence, 2012). Can a health care professional…
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