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What’s New in the DSM-5-TR?

In March of this year, the American Psychiatric Association came out with the DSM-5-TR, the text revision of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Text revisions have changes that are less significant than the changes between editions, and the DSM-IV was also followed by the DSM-IV-TR. So, what do …

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What Is… a Paraphilic Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week, we’ll look at paraphilic disorders. Paraphilias involve atypical patterns of sexual arousal. Paraphilic disorders are a more extreme version of paraphilias, involving arousal patterns that are a) intense and persistent and b) cause significant distress or functional impairment or …

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What is… Melancholic Depression

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week’s term is melancholic depression, also known as depression with melancholic features. The word melancholia comes from the Greek for black bile, part of the ancient four humours medical belief system. In the 5th century BCE, Hippocrates first identified melancholia as …

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What Is… Paranoid Personality Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is paranoid personality disorder. With this post on paranoid personality disorder (PPD), we’ve now covered all ten personality disorders in the DSM-5. PPD falls within the DSM-5’s cluster A (odd/eccentric) personality disorders. Symptoms People with PPD are distrustful …

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What Is… Avoidant Personality Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is avoidant personality disorder. Avoidant personality disorder (AVPD) falls within the DSM-5‘s cluster C of anxious/fearful personality disorders. It’s characterized by intense feelings of inadequacy and fear of social rejection, and avoidance is relied upon as a coping …

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What Is… Schizoid & Schizotypal Personality Disorders

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week we’re doing a 2-for-1 looking at schizoid and schizotypal personality disorder. Both schizoid and schizotypal personality disorders fall within the DSM-5‘s cluster A, which is the odd/eccentric cluster. Despite the similarities in names (it took me a long time …

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What Is… Double Depression

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is double depression. This post uses a lot of abbreviations, which are summarized down at the bottom of this post. The term double depression is sometimes used to describe the state when two types of depression (major depressive …

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What Is… Oppositional Defiant Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is oppositional defiant disorder. Oppositional defiant disorder in the DSM-5 Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is typically diagnosed by the early elementary school years. In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), diagnosis requires at least six …

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What Is… Kleptomania

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is kleptomania. Yes, kleptomania is actually a legitimate psychiatric condition. It wasn’t a condition I had anything more than passing familiarity with, but it came up in a conversation with a fellow blogger, so I wanted to take …

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What Is… Folie à Deux (Shared Psychotic Disorder)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is shared psychotic disorder, also known as folie à deux. Folie à deux is the more commonly recognized name for what the DSM-5 calls shared psychotic disorder. It’s a rare condition that involves shared delusions between two or more …

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