Nowadays, psychologists have made several researches about personality disorders which are defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV), as ¡§a long-standing and maladaptive pattern of perceiving and responding to other people and to stressful circumstances¡¨ (Bienenfeld, 2005). According to Lakasing, personality disorders are the result of inherited and environmental factors, such as, the association of these disorders with unacceptable physical health as a consequence of smoking, consuming drugs and drinking alcohol; he also states that in the United States personality disorders affect 10-15% of the adult US population.(2006, p5). The DSV-IV defines ten different types of personality disorders, grouped into three clusters, which are distinct by letters A, B and C (Lakasing, 2006).
The writer will start with cluster A or Eccentric which includes people with high probability of harm others because of the violent jealousy in paranoid personality disorders (P.D). This cluster has two types of personality disorders; the first one is Paranoid, which is a disorder more common in men, and this people think others want to make a complot against them. The second one is Shizoid, also common in men, who have little interest in having human contact.
An Overview of Personality Disorders p.2
After dividing cluster A in two disorders, the DSV-IV classified cluster B or Dramatic, which leads to drug and alcohol problems, in four different disorders. The first one to be mention is the Antisocial, this disorder is recurrent in men, and the most disturbing of the personality disorders because they do not worry about other people. The second dramatic disorder is Borderline more frequently in women, their mood varies constantly, they are impulsive people, and think that they are... [continues]
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