Psychotic disorders can be misunderstood or misdiagnosed by clinicians that deal with children, including clinical social workers, counselors, child psychiatrists, and child psychologists. Many times it is difficult for a mental health professional to determine whether the problematic behaviors exhibited are the result of an altered normal developmental process or the result of a serious mental disorder. This book provides professionals and students with the specific information needed to assess better the exact nature of what is affecting the young patient.

Personality Disorders

Personality disorders

Borderline Personality Disorder

During the last 50 years, it has been observed that some people who have personality disorders may have short periods of psychotic symptomatology. Borderline states was a condition described in the early 1950s as a means to characterize patients who were not suffering from schizophrenia or bipolar illness, but who had brief psychotic episodes when under stress. Throughout the following decades, patients who had impulsivity, identity disturbances, self-injurious behavior, and impulsive aggressive acts were noted also to have periods of either paranoia or confusional states. According to the DSM-IV, borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by a persistent combination of emotional, behavioral, and identity disturbances. Approximately 2% of the general population suffers from this disorder.

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