Define personality disorders. Explain the categories of personality disorders in the DSM. Discuss one personality disorder in detail, including possible treatment.
Personality disorders are identified as "certain traits that are so inflexible and maladaptive that (people with them) are unable to perform adequately at least some of the varied roles expected of them by their society" (Butcher, Mineka & Hooley, 2007, Ch. 11). The DSM-IV-TR identifies three clusters of personality disorders and they are: cluster A which includes paranoid, schizoid and schizotypal personality disorders; cluster B which includes histrionic, narcissistic, antisocial and ...
Personality disorders are defined, and their different categories in the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual (DSM-IV-Tr) are discussed. A discussion of schizotypal personality disorder in particular is provided, along with methods of treating it.