Tag Archives: Personality Disorder

Question?: Asperger Syndrome Treatment

William asks…

What do you think is the most beneficial disorder and the worse one ?

My opinion

Most beneficial: Asperger syndrome, bipolar and personality disorder.

worst: shizophrenia, depression, ADHD and learning dis-abillity.

admin answers:

Most beneficial: GAD or some other axis I disorder that is easiest to treat

Worst: personality disorders, schizophrenia, recurrent major depressive disorder (especially that is not respondent to treatment), bipolar disorder, OCD, chronic anxiety

I think mental disorders such as bipolar are “over glamorized” by the media. The truth is is that the disorder generally makes life a bear for these people.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome In Adults

Susan asks…

What’s the difference between a character disorder and a personality disorder?

Twelve years ago the labeled me with Paranoid Schizophrenia, then several years later the mentioned the term Character Disorder. Now three years ago, they are 100 % sure I have the Asperger Syndrome Disorder. Is it common that they are so confused with putting a correct Asperger diagosis on somebody?

admin answers:

A character disordered person is differentiated from everyone else by their “baseline” behavior – meaning that they return to the deviant behavior over time. All of us have bad days – those are called “transient situational disturbances.” They’re normal in most of us. So if you see yourself or others on this checklist, don’t worry. Problems occur only when the preponderance of behavior is present and repetitive over time.

A person with a character disorder is unlikely to change. They’re not good candidates for therapy in that they lack insight and stop therapy once confronted. The condition is deeply rooted in the person and usually in spite of their best intentions; they tend to return in 3-6 months to their ‘baseline”, or core behavior.

Don’t confuse character disorders with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) These are mostly teenagers who act out, are contrary and reactive. The good news is that 90-95% of them outgrows ODD and become wonderful adults.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Adults Checklist

Nancy asks…

Help I think I got Aspergers syndrome?

Im 14 and I have a really hard time talking to people, Most of the time I just don’t talk to people because normally I try to say something and I end up making it weird by mixing my words around. I feel like I don’t think, as if I am brain dead. I have been homeschooled half my life and I am never really put into social situations and it really makes me very sad. I can’t even make smalltalk because I don’t know what to say…. I want friend’s but I feel different then them. Almost like everyone is popular and im the shy kid in the corner. I feel very depressed, Almost as if I have no thoughts ideas or imagination, I have thought over suicide and I used to cut myself but I stopped. Are these signs of aspergers or am I just depressed and really socially unskilled because or homeschooling…. Help? >:
Also I really don’t want to spend a lot of money for brain scans or whatever docters do to people. :/

admin answers:

There are plenty of symptom checklists out there, so I won’t cut and paste them for you. While most individuals with a personality disorder on the autism spectrum are diagnosed at an age younger than yourself, Asperger’s many times can go unnoticed until the individual becomes older and the necessary social interactions that go along with becoming an adult become manifest.

You don’t get brain scans (unless you want to, or are part of a study), the diagnosis is made through observation, interview with you, and with your parents (together and separately) to establish the veracity of claims, and certain patterns from childhood, and finally a battery of psychological tests, often a minimum of an IQ test (there will often be large discrepancies between VCI and PSI for instance), a personality test appropriate for age (adults often take the MMPI-2), a psych. History, etc. The depression Dx is more easily arrived at, and far more prevalent than a personality disorder, but pursue it if you believe it’s something you have. Look at the vignettes of people with the disorder and if you say to yourself “That’s me!” than you should definitely seek out a diagnostic test to rule it either in or out.

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