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Re: personality disorders listed happyflower

Posted by Dinah on June 27, 2006, at 18:29:24

In reply to personality disorders listed, posted by happyflower on June 27, 2006, at 16:59:24

Just a couple of notes.

By BPD I meant borderline personality disorder, not bipolar disorder.

And confusingly, there are two obsessive compulsive names. Obessive compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder. Obsessive compulsive personality disorder is classified as an Axis II personality disorder but in the opinion of many is based in anxiety and defenses against anxiety. The movies confuse the two sometimes, throwing in bits of one and the other.

For example, "Is This as Good as It Gets" is not accurately depicting obsessive compulsive disorder (alone). The main character likely had an Axis II disorder as well.

What I'm trying to say is that a lot of thinking now is along the lines of finding biological underpinning to the Axis II disorders. For example the affective instability of borderline personality disorder having underpinnings in as yet unclassified mood disorder (and shown to have biological underpinnings by the physostigmine challenge study as well as by good old common sense).

And as a matter of fact, I've been formally (and incorrectly I think) diagnosed with one personality disorder and informally (and correctly I think) diagnosed with another. I'm certainly not ashamed of it, although my therapist and I fought for a year over the (I still think incorrect) formal diagnosis.

 

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