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Within psychiatry, how is homosexuality discussed or classified?

In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) removed the diagnosis of “homosexuality” from the second edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) (Jack Drescher, 2015). Theories of ...
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Within psychiatry, how is homosexuality discussed or classified?

Whilst there have been arguments for the idea that homosexuality has a genetic base or a result of malformations of human development, today's consensus is that homosexuality is a normal variant of ...
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What is the relationship between rejection sensitive dysphoria and ADHD?

Upon closer examination, it appears that Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria is a term that was coined by Dr. William Dodson to describe the phenomenon of rejection sensitivity in ADHD sufferers. It does ...
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Within psychiatry, how is homosexuality discussed or classified?

Not by the standards of the DSM-IV-TR. Other answers discuss the case of homosexuality specifically, but the general principles of psychiatric diagnosis also rule out the idea of homosexuality as a ...
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Within psychiatry, how is homosexuality discussed or classified?

The idea that homosexuality is disadvantageous from an evolutionary perspective is, in my view, an example of how cultural bias is confused with biological process. While there is evidence that ...
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What psychological disorders have frequent and rapid anger outbursts?

Most of your list fits for symptoms of lack of will to cooperate. Lack of will to cooperate is likely triggered by lack of sympathy, which again may be triggered by lack of trust. I say 'may' because ...
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What is the relationship between rejection sensitive dysphoria and ADHD?

You might want to look at Bondü, R. & Esser, G. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry (2015) 24: 185. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00787-014-0560-9 The authors found fairly compelling evidence of a latent ...
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Within psychiatry, how is homosexuality discussed or classified?

To add to these great answers, I'll go on and link to this article. It discusses the DSM (as mentioned in other answers), but also includes a discussion of the homosexual classifications in the ICD (...
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What's a simple definition for reactive attachment disorder?

The beginnings of theories based on attachment regarding long and short term interpersonal relationships is Attachment Theory which was started by John Bowlby. Attachment Theory is primarily applied ...
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What is the proper definition of psychopathy?

As the Wikipedia article on psychopathy makes clear, there are different definitions of psychpathy – and in fact there are different definitions of every scientific concept –, depending on which ...
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What's the difference between flaws of character and a personality disorder?

There is a clear definition of what a personality disorder is. The Wikipedia article on Personality Disorders lists the criteria given in the DSM-5 and ICD-10. Take a look: https://en.wikipedia.org/...
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What is Joan suffering from in this example?

I don't think you can rule out that she really is suffering from headaches and dizziness. Just because the doctors can't find a physiological cause doesn't mean that there isn't one.
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Why was MPD changed to DID?

DID is one of the most controversial psychiatric disorders, with no clear consensus on diagnostic criteria or treatment. To answer your question on why MPD was renamed DID, for completeness, there is ...
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How does one distinguish BPD anger from ADHD anger?

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a complicated diagnosis to understand and treat. A painful mix of emotional trouble, unstable relationships and self-destructive behavior, including suicide ...
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Recent Peer Review Studies on How Many Have Narcissistic Personality Disorder

While not a peer-reviewed study per se, but the DSM-5 says that the prevalence of Narcissistic Personality Disorder in the population is 6.2%, or approximately one out of sixteen members of the ...
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What disorder might be considered opposite of the Histrionic Personality Disorder?

Diagnosis of personality disorders in general is moving away from a categorical system (patient does or does not have the disorder), to a dimensional system (patient scores extreme on personality ...
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What, exactly, is the difference between sociopathy and psychopathy?

I believe there are some minor differences, for example, WebMD Article states: A key difference between a psychopath and a sociopath is whether he has a conscience, the little voice inside that lets ...
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What is the relationship between rejection sensitive dysphoria and ADHD?

Dodson distinguishes "RSD" from social anxiety in that the latter begins as an anticipatory fear and is generally lessened upon social interaction whereas the RSD flare-ups begin as in-the-moment ...
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Can one personality kill another personality?

Far from being simply encoded in the genes, much of personality is a flexible and dynamic thing (Mischel & Shoda, 1995) that changes over the life span and is shaped by experience (Roberts, Walton,...
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What's the difference between flaws of character and a personality disorder?

A personality flaw can be a trait or behaviour that is conscious and the person usually has control over it, whereas a personality disorder is a long enduring pattern of defensive behavior that lies ...
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What is the meaning of the brain scan of borderline patients?

This picture in her talk (which is very good, by the way) refers to the study about amygdala hyperreactivity - see below. Essentially the picture shows fMRI scan ...
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Are schizophrenia and OCD genetically related?

Yes, there is almost certainly a genetic overlap between schizophrenia and OCD. Quantifying the overlap in variation requires genotyping a large number of individuals, and a lot of this cross-...
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Within psychiatry, how is homosexuality discussed or classified?

For something to be a disorder, it must of itself cause a negative outcome for the individual. (As an aside: "...there is a recurring theme among men who live a homosexual lifestyle that they had an ...
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Why are disorders discrete?

The question is why sometimes we report certain psychiatric conditions as being discrete (henceforth categorical) and sometimes as being dimensional (or in a spectrum). The answer is related to the ...
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How does one distinguish BPD anger from ADHD anger?

The difference is in consistency. Bipolar disorder there is usually episodic; quick, drastic changes between normality, mania, depression and anger. ADHD on the other hand is chronic and affects ...
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What is the difference between personality disorder and other types of mental illness?

There may not be one: it is impossible to conclude with confidence that personality disorders are, or are not, mental illnesses; there are ambiguities in the definitions and basic information ...
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What is the exact meaning of a "calculating" person?

The thesaurus may assist. The Synonyms of 'calculating' are: artful, astute, calculative, canny, conniving, crafty, cunning, deceitful, devious, dexterous, dirty, disingenuous, foxy, guileful, ...
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Is Dissociative Personality Disorder Alter Takeover Possible?

I think this question is asking about the movie version of multiple personality disorder, rather than the real dissociative identity disorder (DID) as it presents clinically. As-is, this question is ...
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Human/social behavior when one emphasizes their own superior achievements over others'

It's possible to have one or more traits of a personality disorder without qualifying for that personality disorder itself (see Merck Manual Overview of Personality Disorders for definitions of traits)...
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What to expect from a seriously mentally ill individual when a poor prognosis is revealed through improper channels?

There is an answer to a similar question regarding narcistic behaviour and negative feedback reaction: How can a narcissist be given negative feedback without triggering aggressive behavior? It is ...
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