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Is there a illness or disorder in which there is a severe and intense attachment to childhood(and teenage, if applicable)? [on hold]

All my life, especially before the age of 26, I have been severely and intensely, emotionally attached to my childhood and teenage(till 17 years of age). So much so that, I think, it affected greatly ...
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Is there a mental disorder in which one is unable to determine personal preferences, and as a result, is a cause of great distress?

I know that our preferences and tastes help shape our behaviors and what activities we willingly engage in, but I also know that being faced with indecision is a common feature of the human experience....
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How to measure raw score and convert into base rate in MCMI-III personality test?

I have been studying MCMI-iii test. Total 175 personality questions are present there. These questions have 2 options i.e. true or false. Based on that, person's personality get decided. Can anyone ...
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Do vulnerable/covert/shy narcissists seek therapy for NPD?

It is known that common (a.k.a. overt, flamboyant) narcissists rarely seek therapy on their own. However, there is an atypycal type of narcissism called “shy”, “covert” or “vulnerable“. They behave ...
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What is the proper definition of psychopathy?

I've seen all those checklists of psychopathy traits, read many articles and watched several tutorials - they mention like dozens of characteristics, but never make it clear about the actual meaning ...
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What's the difference between flaws of character and a personality disorder?

Okay, I have read this question and 2 answers and I don't believe these are the same questions. It's not about legal status or the moral appropriateness of punishment by society. And it's not about ...
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What's a simple definition for reactive attachment disorder?

I read an article on Reactive Attachment Disorder. Here's what I know so far Reactive means to react in response to something. Action = reaction. Attachment is the act of bonding or connecting with ...
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What is the term covering psychology disorders and language acquiring?

I have a research article aimed for popular audience, whose bibliography contains: 3 works on borderline personality disorder 1 works on language (Hirsh, David, and Paul Nation. “What Vocabulary Size ...
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Can alter-personas of a person with MPD/DID have mental diseases of their own that other 'alters' don't have

Context: We are making a short film on different mental disorders. The Question: If it is realistically feasible for a 'alter-persona' of a person with Multiple Personality Disorder to have different ...
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What is the meaning of the brain scan of borderline patients?

Starting from mark 21:50 in the lecture BPD-related cognitive-perceptual difficulties and challenges in their diagnosis and treatment, there is an image of brain scan in borderline patients: What ...
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What is the definition of a healthy mind? [closed]

My question is motivated by two factors. First, this citation from Wikipedia: In the scientific and academic literature on the definition or categorization of mental disorders, one extreme argues ...
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Within psychiatry, how is homosexuality discussed or classified?

I acknowledge the fact that we currently don't understand the causes of homosexuality nearly well enough, but I have read about the following points: That homosexuality may not be a choice and could ...
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What to expect from a seriously mentally ill individual when a poor prognosis is revealed through improper channels?

I recently learned about a friend who is suffering from some serious mental illness from someone who has yet to reveal this illness to the individual. Apparently the individual in question suffers ...
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How can a narcissist be given negative feedback without triggering aggressive behavior?

I've interacted with several individuals over the years that had narcissistic personality disorder. In particular, I find I have difficulty navigating their nebulous relationship with truth and find ...
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Are schizophrenia and OCD genetically related?

Schizophrenia has a genetic component. Persons with OCD and first parents having OCD have a higher probability to develop schizophrenia. So, it seems that a possible overlap exists between ...
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What, exactly, is the difference between sociopathy and psychopathy?

I am writing a report on the similarities and differences between sociopathy and psychopathy. I have looked up a bit of information on the topic, but I would still like to know some of the opinions of ...
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Why did DSM-5 and subsequently ICD-10 allow personality disorders to be diagnosed in children

I was fine with the theory personality characteristics are so highly variable under the throes of adolescence that it is a practical impossibility, if not clinically inappropriate, to diagnose such ...
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Narcissistic personality recent studies

I have recently read the Nancy McWilliams' book "Psychoanalytic Diagnosis" and learned that serious studies on narcissistic personality were done mostly in the end of the XXth century. However her ...
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Adult talking in the 3rd person when talking about himself [closed]

The therapist asked John "Tell me about yourself?" John starting talking about himself, his upbringing and his family. However Instead of using the word "I" he mostly uses the word "He" in all ...
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Why was MPD changed to DID?

Why was Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) changed to Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)? I am currently researching DID and working on an essay relating to its treatment. This change was made ...
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Can one personality kill another personality? [closed]

For a person with multiple personalities, can one personality murder or kill another personality such that the killed personality never surface again? Did it ever happen or studied?
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What is Joan suffering from in this example? [closed]

Joan has seen several specialists and undergone numerous diagnostic tests to determine the cause of her recurring headaches and episodes of dizziness. The doctors are perplexed and can seem to find no ...
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Why are disorders discrete?

Disorders are usually discrete. For example, if you are given a test for, say, ADHD, they are usually only two results "you have ADHD" or "you don't have ADHD". Autism is treated as a spectrum, but ...
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If someone gets “too much” attention, does it expose his/her to mental illness? [closed]

Some psychologist told this on TV few years ago and this came to my mind when I spoke with my friend about personalities of some celebrities. I tried to find some articles or studies about the topic ...
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What psychological disorders have frequent and rapid anger outbursts? [closed]

I'm interested in the mechanism behind a personality that can outburst anger rapidly and consistently for a long period. I've done some research and stumbled upon this issue described by multiple ...
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What is the relationship between rejection sensitive dysphoria and ADHD?

I discovered something called Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria (RSD). If you google it, the first page will show pages that talk about it in relation to ADHD. What is it about ADHD that causes "nearly ...
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How does one distinguish BPD anger from ADHD anger?

Some people with ADHD are known to have difficulties in controlling anger. Whenever a person with ADHD has difficulties in controlling anger, how does one determine whether or not that person really ...