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Question: Personality Disorders? What are the most commonly seen personality disorders? What kinds of therapy can someone get? Are there other ways of get help? Like medicines?

Answer: Personality disorders are fairly treatment-resistant. Docs treat the symptoms as best they can, but unlike Axis I affective disorders the Axis II personality disorders tend to be more pervasive (affecting more parts of the person's life) and more persistent (depression is an episodic illness, personality disorders don't go away). Most of the personality disorders have an occurrence rate of 1 to 3% of the population. Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD) is notoriously underdiagnosed. It affects 3 or 4% of the population. Partly because it's less recognized and partly because people with it don't usually seek treatment, ASPD is infrequently diagnosed. For all personality disorders, the most effective treatment is cognitive behavioral therapy. Such therapy helps the person recognize and counter maladaptive thoughts. Therapy in combination with medication usually yields the best results. For some personality disorders (like ASPD), there really is no effective treatment.

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