Saturday, March 8, 2008
my personality disorder test
|Borderline Disorder:||Very High|
|Dependent Disorder:||Very High|
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-- Personality Disorders --
What is Borderline Personality Disorder?
Borderline personality disorder is characterized by mood instability and poor self-image. People with this disorder are prone to constant mood swings and bouts of anger. Often, they will take their anger out on themselves, causing injury to their own body. Suicidal threats and actions are not uncommon. Borderlines think in very black and white terms and often form intense, conflict-ridden relationships. They are quick to anger when their expectations are not met.
Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder:
- Self-injury or attempted suicide
- Strong feelings of anger, anxiety, or depression that last for several hours
- Impulsive behavior
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Feelings of low self-worth
- Unstable relationships with friends, family, and boyfriends/girlfriends
Borderline personality disorder was so-named because it was originally thought to be at the "borderline" of psychosis. The disorder is relatively common, affecting 2% of adults. Women are much more likely to suffer borderline than men. Nearly 20% of psychiatric hospitalizations are due to borderline. With treatment, patients are often able to see their symptoms improve.
Treatment involves therapy in which the patient learns to talk through his or her feelings rather than unleashing them in destructive and self-defeating ways. Medication may be helpful, and treatment of any alcohol or substance abuse issues is required. Brief hospitalization is sometimes required, especially in cases involving psychotic episodes or suicide threats or attempts.
What is Dependent Personality Disorder?
Dependent personality disorder is characterized by a need to be taken care of. People with this disorder tend to cling to people and fear losing them. They may become suicidal when a break-up is imminent. They tend to let others make important decisions for them and often jump from relationship to relationship. Dependents often remain in abusive relationships. Over-sensitivity to disapproval is common. Dependents often feel helpless and depressed.
Symptoms of Dependent Personality Disorder:
- Difficulty making decisions
- Feelings of helplessness when alone
- Suicidal thoughts upon rejection
- Deeply hurt by mild criticism or disapproval
- Unable to meet ordinary demands of life