1/05/2006 12:11:00 PM
Personality disorders form a class of mental disorders that are characterized by long-lasting rigid patterns of thought and behaviour. Because of the inflexibility and pervasiveness of these patterns, they can cause serious problems and impairment of functioning for the persons who are afflicted with these disorders.
A deeply ingrained, non-psychotic, inflexible, maladaptive pattern of relating, perceiving and behaving, serious enough to cause distress or impaired functioning.
Depression. Bi-polar. ADD/ADHD. Autism. OCD. The list goes on. Personality 'disorders' have had my interest for a while now. Why? The doctors say, according to the definitions posted above, that people with personality 'disorders' have something 'wrong' with them, and they need medication to make them more 'normal'. I know a few people with so-called disorders..I know one who's bi-polar, with ADHD and a depressive. And these are probably the most interesting people I know. Many times I forget that they have something 'wrong' with them.
In a nutshell, an individual with bi-polar disorder alternates from manic states to depressive states at the drop of a hat. In the manic state they are seemingly perfect at everything they do, always happy, lots of drive and motivation, great memory. In the depressive state they simply do not care about anything or anyone, and have zero energy levels. They can go from one state to the next at literally the drop of a hat. My bi-polar friend, as far as im concerned, is some kind of genius. She cruised through school without even trying, is a graphics artist, computer techie, writer/poet, and musician (writing and playing), very unique outlook on life and has the kind of personality where people are naturally drawn to her. Im convinced she wouldnt be like this if it wasnt for the 'disorder' she struggles with every day. My depressive friend is similar. Very creative person, bubbling personality, brilliant as hell. They both have very intense personalities, which means they have much more focus on whatever they do than 'normal' people. This is probably why they are so good at whatever it is they do. Their medication makes them more 'normal', yes, but in addition every aspect of their personality is turned down...theyre not as creative, they learn stuff at a slight slower pace, etc etc.
ADHD people cannot focus on one thing for long. They usually do poorly in school because they find it so difficult to focus on whats being taught. On the flip side, however, dump an excessive amount of activities/responsibilities on them and they tend to handle the excessive workload better than most 'normal' people.
OCD people are just weird. Dont think I need to explain this one, just watch the TV show 'Monk'. But their abnormal tendency to focus on small details make them great investigators, lawyers and even managers.
Autistics do very poorly socially, but tend to be very creative individuals in terms of the arts. They swing between ADD and OCD tendencies. Those on the high end of the spectrum tend to be very very good at math, they can be considered human calculators.
Codependency is a condition where people make themselves a necessity for another person in need of help to survive i.e. they are the ones that take care of drug addicts, alcoholics etc. They willingly extend an helping hand when no one else wants to, because they judge their self worth on how much they are needed by other needy individuals. As great as this sounds, it usually gets out of hand when they make sure their 'patients' stay sick, so they are always needed. Just the same, you can see why such a 'disorder' can actually be a good thing.
Honestly, I dont think there are anything 'wrong' with these people, they are simply different. Unfortunately, society does not provide a place for 'different'. They are taught in schools the same way as 'normal' people, which technically doesnt make sense as their thought patterns are different, which means they would need to be taught differently. We just need to appreciate them for who they are, and find ways for them to make contructive use of the 'talents' that come with the 'disorder'. Thankfully these 'disorders' are being given more attention through movies like 'Rain Man' and 'Cube' and TV shows like 'Monk'.
I also think we all have a bit of these 'personality disorder' traits, albeit in smaller doses. Im pretty sure I have a touch of ADD...I basically taught myself Com Sci in UWI, I learnt maybe 5% of what I know in class. Could never pay attention for more than 5 minutes. I also know I dont always learn things the same way everyone else does. There's more, maybe i'll tell you another time.
Do you have any 'personality disorder' traits?
B did sey...
Halleluiah for our differences. :-D You know bout my OCD tendencies already. Besides that there's a bit of depression in my family which I have to work against. I too have friends with disorder traits who I love dearly the way they are and can't imagine them any other way.
laroper18 did sey...
I actually seriously thought at one point I had a disorder- I kept to myself, I was afraid to "let people in", etc. I sometimes wonder, even now, if that is still the case. But I realise that things (inclduing socialising and how I was around people) could be different if I wanted them to be...and apparently I was right. I wouldn't say that things are at the place I want them to be, but I think I am on the right path, and I will continue to work on it :)
The Seeker did sey...
Thanks for that post D, It makes me look at things in a new light.
Bashmentbasses did sey...
Bi-P personality disorder of the sub-class manic with few depressive episodes.
I'm surprised that physicians are still trying to advocate for treating personality disorders because the DSM IV clearly states that they are untreatable. The staright disorders are medically managed but the personality disorders don't respond to therapy.
Personality disorders are hybrids of normal and the disorder. The majority are functional in society with observed 'idiosyncracies'. It is believed that we all have some degree of each, but too much of any one is bad.
B did sey...
Found this and thought I would share:
Famous People with 'ADHD'
Bashmentbasses did sey...
So Stevie Wonder is dyslexic!!! That would explain alot. I really had no idea!!!
Trying To Focus did sey...
Since I found out exactly what my problems were, I really had a problem accepting and admitting it, cause it makes me feel a bit marginalied. I guess acknowledging is the best step, cause it's from there that I could move on. It is a struggle tho. esp. without meds.
maryjane did sey...
Only fitting I comment in an entry similar to the one you commented on in my blog.
I liked this entry, it's non-judgemental and informative.
It almost makes me feel normal the way you put things in perspective.
Mental "disorders" are a topic of interest to me, and I'd actually like to discuss this futher with you for a piece I am researching.
If you're up for it, leave some contact info in my blog (I'll be sure to delete it right after).
Btw, thanx for the positive comment you left in my ode to mental illnesses entry in my blog :)
Avinash Roy did sey...
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