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Personality disorders – an expert guide to unravelling the myths and what to do when your loved one has a PD 

There is much debate within the psychiatric profession about personality disorders, with some even doubting their very existence. Professor Patricia Casey examines the topic in her latest book

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A personality disorder can be indicated when an individual has difficulties in their relationships with other people

A personality disorder can be indicated when an individual has difficulties in their relationships with other people

Fears, Phobias & Fantasies

Fears, Phobias & Fantasies

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A personality disorder can be indicated when an individual has difficulties in their relationships with other people

During the Trump presidency, there was much debate about the psychological health of the then president, with numerous articles penned by those qualified, and not-so-qualified, musing on whether or not he had a personality disorder (PD). The term is entrenched in our common parlance now, and is much bandied about by us amateurs, particularly when discussing bad bosses, bad relationships and the behaviour of fractious family members. But what exactly is a personality disorder?

It is a question addressed in a new book by Professor Patricia Casey, a columnist for this paper and professor emeritus of psychiatry at UCD. The book, Fears Phobias & Fantasies is intended as a complete guide to mental health and mental illness — and offers guidance on how to access mental health services as well as explain the gamut of mental and psychiatric disorders.


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