Disorders are mental illnesses that share several unique
qualities. They contain symptoms that are enduring and play a
major role in most, if not all, aspects of the person's life.
While many disorders vacillate in terms of symptom presence and
intensity, personality disorders typically remain relatively constant.
be diagnosed with a disorder in this category, a psychologist will
look for the following criteria:
have been present for an extended period of time, are inflexible
and pervasive, and are not a result of alcohol or drugs or another
psychiatric disorder. The history of symptoms can be traced
back to adolescence or at least early adulthood.
symptoms have caused and continue to cause significant distress or
negative consequences in different aspects of the person's life.
are seen in at least two of the following areas:
in this Category