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Mental Health Monday: Personality Disorders 101

May 4, 2020

Steve Jobs. Marilyn Monroe. Megan Fox. Angelina Jolie. David Beckham. What do all of these celebrities have in common? They all have a diagnosed personality disorder. 

Personality Disorders are defined by enduring patterns of inner experience/behavior that deviate markedly from cultural expectations (per the DSM-5). All in all, there are 10 defined personality disorders as well as an 11th type referred to as Personality Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDNOS). Approximately 9% of all adults in the United States experience personality disorders. But, for some reason, this type of mental health disorder still remains to be highly misunderstood and heavily stigmatized in this day and age. Listen in to today's episode to find out why this may be, the history behind the discovery and diagnosis of personality disorders, and how we can work together to break the stigma. 

To take the Personality Disorder screening mentioned in today's episode, please visit Psych Central's Website here. 

Intro/Outro Music: "Gasoline" by Halsey
Intro Media: "Borderline Talks Back," a TEDtalk by Coral More
Transition Music: "Cry Baby" by Melanie Martinez
Commercial Media: "I AM Borderline," Wright Institute Los Angeles
Image: metro.co.uk

Also featuring clips from Gone Girl (2014), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), Disney's Peter Pan (1953), The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 2007-2019), and "What It's Like to Live With Borderline Personality Disorder" (Medline, 2019).

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