Personality Disorder is sometimes misdiagnosed as Depression

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Depression, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Personality Disorder.

Personality disorder is a mental health disorder that has long term patterns of thinking and behaviours that are dysfunctional and inflexible. This causes distress and an inability to function in everyday life. There are different categories of personality disorders, cluster A disorders are those that result in odd thoughts and behaviours, cluster B disorders are those that are dramatic and impulsive behaviours, cluster c disorders are anxious and fearful thoughts and behaviours. Symptoms of personality disorders include strange or erratic behaviours, suspicion or distrust, extreme mood swings, taking risks, difficulty with relationships, school or work and the need for instant gratification. Personality disorders can be misdiagnosed as any of the disorders that full under this classification.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Extreme mood swings, trouble with making or keeping relationships, strange or erratic behaviour, suspicion and distrust, taking risks, problems at school or work, need for instant gratification

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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