Personality Disorders

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is published by the American Psychiatric Association lists some ten Personality Disorders.  These include:

In personality disorders, there is a long term pattern of experience and behavior that markedly deviates from the expectations of the person’s culture.  The behavior pattern is usually inflexible in a broad range of personal and social situations.  Personality disorders often lead to significant distress or impairment in a person’s functioning.  The pattern is of long duration and is usually traced back to adolescence or early adulthood.

Personality disorders are not genetic in origin but rather are the result of learned behavior.  Understanding the adolescent years of the individual is often very helpful in determining the cause of the disorder.   While children do not inherit these disorders the behaviors can be learned by children subjected to a parent who models the behavior over a significant amount of time.  

Personality Disorders are often at the heart of marital problems

Because those suffering from personality disorders are often very immature in their behavior and decision making, personality disorders are often at the heart of marital problems.  Personality disorders can negatively impact marital relations and also impair one’s parenting ability.  It is often apparent that an individual with a personality disorder also functions in a very immature manner. 

At Edward F. Whipps & Associates we have a solid understanding of personality disorders and of the impact that they make on marriages and child custody arrangements.  If you are faced with a situation where a personality disorder may well be at the heart of the problem, turn to Edward F. Whipps & Associates.  We have the understanding of the steps necessary to prove to the court the presence of a personality disorder and the experience to show the court the impact the disorder can have on one’s marriage and one’s parenting ability.


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