Personality Disorder C

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Personality C disorder

Also referred to as Cluster C personality disorder. This disorder is characterized by intense anxiety and unexplained bursts of fear, the cluster C is called the fearful and anxious cluster. The cluster C personality disorder has three main types of disorder that include Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Avoidant Disorder and Dependent Disorder.

The personalities in this cluster can either be passive aggressive or isolated. Those with passive aggressive personalities tend to suffer from persistent depression, are masochistic and are often considered as self-chosen failures because they make up their minds not to engage in growth or productive activities. The isolated personalities suffer from anxiety, compulsive or obsessive disorder and are often good planners due to their impeccable need to stay organized and controlled. The symptoms exhibited by these personality disorder often disrupt or cause problems with interpersonal relationships both at the professional and personal level. Anxiety also disrupts the normal thought process making the individual incapable of carrying out challenging roles at work or home. Alternatively the need to stay relevant and have a support systems lead the patients suffering from the disease to become aggressive and this can lead to compromising morals and standards. Also the need to stay organized can lead the patient to become over controlling leading to strained relationships amongst colleagues and friends.

The avoidant type in the cluster C personality disorder are characterized by low self-esteem, hypersensitivity to criticism, socially inhibited, fear of risks and have deep need or dependence on relationships even though they fear rejection. Obsessive personality disorder patients tend to get stubborn, and suffer from anxiety attacks due to what may or may not happen in the future, thus they tend to plan and articulately organize events or schedules to avoid any incidents or accidents. They are considered as perfectionists due to their nature of following guidelines and specific schemes of work. Dependent personality disorder is often associated with the need to be taken care of and also anxiety of losing people that are close. The dependent syndrome makes the patient to become clingy which is considered awkward and embarrassing. Persons suffering from dependent personality disorder are often easily influenced as they seek to impress other people in exchange that they will be liked or loved back. Thus, they are easily susceptible to abuse and manipulation.

Treatment of cluster c personality disorder varies depending on the type of disorder. However diagnosis is a crucial step of ensuring that a patient gets adequate and the relevant treatment. Mental health professionals therefore customize their treatment depending on the symptoms exhibited by the patients and also the history of the patient. In line with counseling and therapy, the patient can be treated using prescription drugs. The management of cluster C personality disorder focuses on anxiety, behavior and obsessions in order to rule out a diagnosis or provide treatment depending on the symptom that is recurrent and dominant. The therapy sessions often direct the patient to know how to avoid or control unwanted urges when they strike without hurting others or compromising on the relationships that they have formed.


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