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Lesson 1 mental disorders 229 personality disorder

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Lesson 1 Mental Disorders 229 personality disorder. Counseling, and sometimes medication, are recommended as treatment. Antisocial personality disorder. People with this disorder tend to be irritable, aggressive, impulsive, and violent. In many cases, they are unable to show remorse for their behavior. Borderline personality disorder. People with this disorder frequently experience a series of troubled relationships. They tend to engage in high-risk activities, and many have poor self-esteem. Although they fear abandonment, they frequently lash out violently at the people they need most. Passive-aggressive personality disorder. People with this disorder are often uncooperative. They resent being told what to do, yet they rely on others’ direction. Angry over issues of control, they show their anger, but only indirectly. For example, a passive-aggressive person who doesn’t want to take part in an activity either may forget to show up or may arrive late and leave early. As with all mental and emotional problems, it is important to rec- ognize the signs of personality disorders and seek professional help. Use respectful language when referring to a person with a mental disorder. Emphasize abilities over limitations. Express disapproval if someone shows disrespect or inconsid- eration toward people with mental disorders. Encourage people who have emotional problems to seek help. Improving Attitudes About Mental Disorders To help defeat the social stigma of mental disorders: health.glencoe.com
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VOCABULARY alienation suicide cluster suicides Suicide Prevention YOU’LL LEARN TO Identify the warning signs of suicide. Analyze strategies to prevent suicides. Develop strategies for coping with depression. Develop strategies for coping with feelings in the aftermath of a tragedy. ife can be difficult for everyone at times. Challenges, respon- L sibilities, and pressures can pile up and seem overwhelming. These feelings can be further complicated by troubling life events, such as the divorce of parents or the death of a friend or family member. For some people, this emotional overload can lead to depression or feeling isolated and separated from every- one else . When such painful feelings become unbearable, some peo- ple may try drastic, self-destructive measures to escape their pain. , the most drastic of all measures, is the act of intentionally taking one’s own life. Suicide is a serious problem, but it is preventable. Suicide Risk Factors ost suicidal thoughts, behaviors, and actions are expressions of M extreme distress, not bids for attention. More than 90 percent of the people who kill themselves are suffering from depression or another mental disorder, or are abusing alcohol or drugs. Other suicidal risk factors include a history of physical or sexual abuse, a history of previous suicide attempts, or a family history of emotional disorders or suicides.
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