personality-disorder

personality disorder

noun Psychiatry.
any of a group of mental disorders characterized by deeply ingrained maladaptive patterns of behavior and personality style, which are usually recognizable as early as adolescence and are often lifelong in duration.

Origin:
1935–40

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personality disorder
 
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psychiatry any of a group of mental disorders characterized by a permanent disposition to behave in ways causing suffering to oneself or others

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personality disorder n.
Any of a group of disorders in which patterns of perceiving, relating to, and thinking about one's self and one's environment interfere with the long-term functioning of an individual, often manifested in deviant behavior and lifestyle.

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personality disorder   (pûr'sə-nāl'ĭ-tē)  Pronunciation Key 
Any of a group of psychiatric disorders in which a person's abnormal self-perception or ability to relate to others results in undesirable behaviors and interferes with normal social and emotional functioning.
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