A different approach to diagnosing personality disorders is currently being studied called the Dimensional Approach that may become the standard method in coming years. Individuals whose traits significantly impair normal functions are given a diagnosis called Personality Disorder Trait Specified (PDTS) (APA 2013,2012). This is a complex diagnosis whereby cliniciansContinue Reading

Impulsiveness or impulsivity is a personality trait characterized by the urge to act spontaneously, i.e., not planned, without reflecting on the consequences of an action. You might call it an arousing of the mind and spirit to do some unpremeditated action. Impulsiveness is considered an influencing factor in several importantContinue Reading

We all experience inadequacy, self-doubt and low self-esteem from time to time. The neurotic carries a feeling of inferiority with them constantly. This is a universal human experience rooted in childhood. Children naturally feel inferior because they are constantly surrounded by stronger, larger, smarter powerful people who have greater abilities.Continue Reading

Children with Conduct Disorder, a more severe problem that Disruptive Mood Dysregulation or Oppositional Defiant Disorders, repeatedly violate the basic rights of others. (APA, 2013, 2012) Conduct disorder usually begins between age 7 and 15. As many as ten percent of children, three-quarters of them boys, may qualify for thisContinue Reading

“A personality disorder is a method of thinking, feeling and behaving that deviates from the expectations of the culture, causes distress or problems functioning, and lasts over time.” – American Psychiatric Association (APA). Fortunately, we all possess our own personality. Without it we would be something similar to a robot.Continue Reading

The idea of the Neurotic Self was introduced by psychoanalyst Karen Horney (1885-1952). She put forth the theory that the neurotic self is split between an “idealized self” and a “real self,” and that unhealthy or “toxic,” social environments are likely to create unhealthy belief systems – hindering people fromContinue Reading

“Children nowadays are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.” – Socrates, 425 B.C. When disruptive mood disorder in children becomes consistently hostile and defiant it may qualify for a diagnosis of Oppositional Defiant Disorder or ODD. Children with oppositional defiant disorder are argumentative, defiant,Continue Reading