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personality disorder

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Definition of personality disorder in English:

noun

Psychiatry
A deeply ingrained and maladaptive pattern of behaviour of a specified kind, typically apparent by the time of adolescence, causing long-term difficulties in personal relationships or in functioning in society: this personality disorder is characterized by a lack of guilt and an inability to form lasting relationships the study has shown that avoidant personality disorder is strongly associated with anorexia nervosa
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  • The former have an avoidant personality style, the latter an avoidant personality disorder.
  • The long-term projection for people with paranoid personality disorder is bleak.
  • People with schizoid personality disorder avoid relationships and do not show much emotion.

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