Personality Disorders

Personality disorders are the result of inflexible and maladaptive personality traits which causes significant social and occupational impairment and personal distress.

The various clinical subtypes are:

  • Cluster A: Paranoid, Schizoid, schizotypal
  • Cluster B: Histrionic , narcissistic, antisocial, borderline
  • Cluster C: Avoidant, dependent, anankastic

The prevalence of personality disorders is 10-20% and onset is generally in adolescence or early adulthood.


Diagnosis is made on the basis of marked disturbance in attitude and behaviors involving several areas of functioning.


Mostly includes psychotherapy and occasional use of pharmacotherapy when required.

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