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Cluster B Personality Disorders are evidenced by dramatic, erratic behaviors and include Histrionic, Narcissistic, Antisocial and Borderline Personality Disorders.
Antisocial personality disorder (APD) [...]: "The essential feature for the diagnosis is a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others that begins in childhood or early adolescence and continues into adulthood."
People having antisocial personality disorder are sometimes referred to as "sociopaths" and "psychopaths", although some researchers believe that Psychopathy/Sociopathy are not synonymous with APD. It is not to be confused with Avoidant Personality Disorder, which more accurately describes people colloquially referred to as "anti-social".
What is Narcissism?
A pattern of traits and behaviors which signify infatuation and obsession with one's self to the exclusion of all others and the egotistic and ruthless pursuit of one's gratification, dominance and ambition.
Cluster B personality disorders are associated with allelic variation of monoamine oxidase A activity.
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a psychiatric diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV Personality Disorders 301.83) that describes a prolonged disturbance of personality function characterized by depth and variability of moods. The disorder typically involves unusual levels of instability in mood; "black and white" thinking, or "splitting"; chaotic and unstable interpersonal relationships, self-image, identity, and behavior; as well as a disturbance in the individual's sense of self. In extreme cases, this disturbance in the sense of self can lead to periods of dissociation. These disturbances can have a pervasive negative impact on many or all of the psychosocial facets of life. This includes difficulties maintaining relationships in work, home, and social settings
What is Schizoid Personality Disorder?
Individuals with schizoid personality are characteristically detached from social relationships and show a restricted range of expressed emotions. Their social skills, as would be expected, are weak, and they do not typically express a need for attention or approval. They may be perceived by others as somber and aloof, and often are referred to as "loners."
1. neither desires nor enjoys close relationships, including being part of a family
2. almost always chooses solitary activities
3. has little, if any, interest in having sexual experiences with another person
4. takes pleasure in few, if any, activities
5. lacks close friends or confidantes other than first-degree relatives
6. appears indifferent to the praise or criticism of others
7. shows emotional coldness, detachment, or flattened affectivity
Originally posted by Michelle129
I (and others) have had many suspicions about our maternal bloodline in particular my mother...however she was also a substance and alcohol abuser so it was hard to tell if she actually had some sort of psychiatric condition or just a really bad drunk...I still think there was something going on there underneath the alcohol though.
Her mother, my maternal grandmother put her up for adoption so we've never met her, but we have learned many things about this birth mother from others in that community and my adoptive grandparents that she too had a lot of issues...alcoholism only one of them.
So it's interesting that even though my mother was not raised by this woman that the exact same traits would trickle down.
Unfortunately...even though my son has never met my mother it's seeming that perhaps they've trickled down to yet a third totally innocent and undeserving generation.
Originally posted by Whisper67
I would have to agree it seems psychiatric disorders follow maternal bloodlines. My mother was diagnoised with bi-polarism and manic depression. Twenty years ago I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. My inital reaction was 'screw you' lol Having a long held interest in psychology my research yielded some attributes I could honestly associate with. I have a side question for you. Can these disorders be overcome or receed as a person gets older? I'm toally into personal responsibility and I read a lot Dr. Robert Scott Pecks books including 'The Road Less Traveled' which was truly enlightening for me.
I'm a loner, but also an only child. I don't feel a strong need to go out there and make close relationships but instead chose to nurture the few I do have. I'd rather go do activites by myself like go to the movies ect which the one friend I have can't seem to understand. Hey, I'm good company lol
One final comment you might find of interest. It's been a long held belief that extra ordinary talents also follow the maternal bloodline. Esp, psychic abilities and such.
I think this "personality disorder" thing is much over rated. We have normal people growing up in a variety of environments. We can't just give them some kind of label just because they are different
Originally posted by Clark W. Griswold
And no offense to anyone here who has BPD, but this is a serious disorder. It's not just about being different. BPD affects the whole family.
In my case, I have had to sever ties with my sister who has this disorder. It was a very hard thing to do, but to save my own sanity, it had to be done.
I do believe it is inherited. I wish my sister would take her medicine, but she won't and I can't be around her like she is.
While I am sure it is a great strain to continue a relationship with your sister, if she means anything to you, you should be supporting her. Not banishing her to the hell she suffers in.
Originally posted by Grumble
No disrespect intended, but you really have no business lecturing someone on this.
I have been in the position of excluding someone from my life because of these sorts of issues, and I can tell you from experience, at times the option to do so is absolutely necessary for self preservation.
In my situation, I was able to help affect change in the other person's behavior, but I believe that my willingness to end the abuse and the dependencies were critical to doing so. Others may have thought me cruel, but I did what was necessary, as I am sure "Clark" did.