The physician should consider diagnosis of a personality disorder when observing in an adult a persistent pattern of maladaptive behavior that causes the patient distress or impairment in social or occupational function.1 There is a continuum from normal personality variant (trait) to dysfunctional extreme (disorder) that makes it difficult at times to distinguish them based on limited observation. Assessment of patient behavior over time and in multiple settings is often necessary to diagnose a personality disorder. Each of these disorders can lead to ineffective doctor-patient relationships and result in poor health care for other medical problems. Accurate diagnoses can aid in establishing strategies for patient management.
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