Academic- Personality Disorders? Cluster C - "SAD"


Personality disorders are unique among the psychiatric diagnoses. They do not have a clear physiologic etiology. Unlike many psychiatric disorders encountered by PMHNPs, they do not respond to pharmacotherapy. Equally challenging is that people with personality disorders often do not recognize a problem! The 10 personality disorders are commonly categorized as MAD, BAD, and SAD. This program presents the SAD disorders; avoidant personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, and dependent personality disorder. Case study approach is used to illustrate patient presentation, analyze diagnostic criteria, differentiate these diagnoses from mood and organic disorders, and evaluate effective treatment modalities.