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Personality Disorders

Depressive Personality Disorder

Depressive Personality Disorder is a pervasive pattern of depressive cognitions and behaviors beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:

  • usual mood is dominated by dejection, gloominess, cheerlessness, joylessness, unhappiness;
  • self-concept centers around beliefs of inadequacy, worthlessness, and low self-esteem;
  • is critical, blaming, and derogatory toward self;
  • is brooding and given to worry;
  • is negativistic, critical, and judgmental toward others;
  • is pessimistic;
  • is prone to feeling guilty or remorseful.

Source: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)
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