Characteristics Of A Personality Disorder Essay

1440 Words May 9th, 2016 6 Pages
In the second half of the semester, we have examined a plethora of mental illnesses. This includes personality disorders, dissociative disorders, somatoform disorders, substance abuse, schizophrenia, childhood disorders, and impulse control disorders. We are able to see on screen representations of individuals suffering from these disorders through our weekly films. Afterwards, in our class discussions, we analyzed the diagnostic criteria for each specific mental disorder. Also, we considered the social justice issues that result from the stigmatization of people suffering from the previously stated mental illnesses.
The first major category of mental disorders we will discuss, are the different types of personality disorders. The diagnostic criteria for a personality disorder, generally involves an individual who displays pervasive patterns of enduring traits, in a wide range of personal and social environments. These personality traits are inflexible, maladaptive, and considered inconsistent with cultural norms. An individual will suffer immense functional impairment due to these personality traits.
A personality disorder will impact at least two specific areas. This includes cognition, impulse control, affect, and interpersonal functioning. Cognition refers to how we perceive ourselves and how we perceive others. Affect pertains to the fluctuation and appropriateness of our emotional responses. Lastly, impulse control and interpersonal functioning refer to our ability…

Related Documents