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 of personality disorder
First recorded in 1935–40
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British Dictionary definitions for personality disorder
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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Medicine definitions for personality disorder
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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Science definitions for personality disorder
[ pûr′sə-năl′ĭ-tē ]
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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