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

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.
personality disorder
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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