character disorder


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char·ac·ter dis·or·der

an older term referring to a group of behavioral disorders, now replaced by a more general term, personality disorder.

char·ac·ter dis·or·der

(kar'ăk-tĕr dis-ōr'dĕr)
A term referring to a group of behavioral disorders, now replaced by a more general term, personality disorder, of which character disorders are now a subclass.

Character disorder

Another name for personality disorder.
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Patient discussion about character disorder

Q. Do you personally know anyone that's autistic? Right, I agree 1 in 150 is diagnosed with autism. Do you personally know anyone that's autistic?

A. Yes as per the latest statistics in U.S it is 1 out of 150 of kids born has autism. I know 5 kids, all friends of family; all moms were on fertility drugs to get pg. Very sad. Two of the kids are twins and besides being autistic they have cerebral palsy.

Q. Alcoholism becomes a habit in person? How does alcoholism becomes a habit in person?

A. If you think about alcohol all the time and you need it to feel good then it's a problem. If it's just a rare but pleasant action then there is no big disaster.
It may be a problem if the alcohol being the cause of depending (physical or corporial it is not just the same!)

Q. How can persons with autism learn best? The person with autism can’t concentrate on studies? How can persons with autism learn best?

A. Where have you read such a misguiding message? No one can say that the person with autism can’t concentrate on studies. They can be trained through specially-trained teachers, using specially structured programs that emphasize individual instruction; persons with autism can learn to function at home and in the community. Some can lead nearly normal lives.

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My diary from this period is a document testifying that I--and many of my friends--did not feel that we had a character disorder. We enjoyed being gay.
Moreover, good-hearted people have a great deal of empathy, something that the "character disordered" (i.e., psychopath) are completely lacking.
Winnicott, and I think they have contributed an enormous amount to our understanding of narcissistic character disorder. I don't believe my observations are old-fashioned.
How could we possibly hope to find anything approaching happiness, to say nothing of fidelity and commitment, given our basic character disorder?
3 petty bench ruled unanimously that an extreme character disorder could be found in the defendant, but that he was suffering no mental disorder such that he was unable to bear criminal responsibility.
Nine percent had oppositional defiant disorder or a character disorder. Tic disorders were present in 10.7%.
The psychiatrists decided that the boy had a ''schizophrenic character disorder'' but was mentally competent to decide on the responsibility of his actions.
He is being crushed by the weight of publicity and his own, childish character disorder.
Depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and character disorders abound in this population.
The Cult Worship and the Warriors concludes with a cautionary description of distinguishing features of cult leaders - notably their magnetism, and the common prevalence of negative character disorders among them, even psychopathy - and an explanation of why people are lured to join exploitive cults.
Mental health researchers in China, Europe, and North America review recent research about a family of mental disorders that used to be called character disorders, and are characterized by rigid and persistent patterns of thought and action.
Barris and Newberry: neglectful or abusive hospital staff and undertreated pain are all too common, as is the tendency to label unhappy patients as "difficult" or character disordered. Perhaps I should have emphasized that a "positive" answer to my favorite question doesn't establish a diagnosis, but rather should guide a more thorough investigation of the patient's circumstances.