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Insights into Psychology

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 (you can find the rest of them in the Psychology Corner). PPD falls within the DSM-5's… Continue reading What Is… Paranoid Personality Disorder

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Insights into Psychology

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… Continue reading What Is… Avoidant Personality Disorder

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Insights into Psychology

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 disorder 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… Continue reading What Is… Schizoid & Schizotypal Personality Disorders

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Insights into Psychology

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… Continue reading What Is… Double Depression

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Insights into Psychology

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… Continue reading What Is… Oppositional Defiant Disorder

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Insights into Psychology

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… Continue reading What Is… Kleptomania

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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Folie à Deux

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… Continue reading What Is… Folie à Deux

What's it like to go undiagnosed/misdiagnosed with mental illness?
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What It’s Like to Go Undiagnosed or Misdiagnosed

Getting a mental illness diagnosis can be hard, but getting the wrong diagnosis or going undiagnosed can be even harder. Unfortunately, that's something that a lot of people struggling with their mental health end up going through at one point or another. Here are a few excerpts from my book Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis… Continue reading What It’s Like to Go Undiagnosed or Misdiagnosed

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Insights into Psychology

What Is… Ultra Rapid Cycling in Bipolar Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term is ultra rapid cycling in bipolar disorder. Rapid cycling and the DSM-5 Rapid cycling describes the frequency of switching between mania/hypomania and depression in bipolar disorder. The current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders… Continue reading What Is… Ultra Rapid Cycling in Bipolar Disorder

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

What Is… a Personality Trait vs. Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week, we'll look at the difference between a personality trait and disorder. Personality traits Wikipedia defines personality traits as "habitual patterns of behaviour, thought, and emotion" that are mostly stable across time and context. Some traits fall on a continuum, such… Continue reading What Is… a Personality Trait vs. Disorder