depressive personality disorder

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depressive personality disorder 


A pervasive pattern of depressive thoughts and behaviours beginning by early adulthood and occurring in various contexts. Depressive personality disorder–DPD has features of both a mood disorder, and a personality disorder.

DPD has waxed and waned in popularity as an entity a sui generis over the past few decades. It was in the DSM-II, removed from the DSM-III and DSM-III-R; regarded as worthy of study in the DSM-IV-TR; and was proposed as a clinical entity in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders–DSM 5 (2013), but not accepted in the final version. 


Features of depressive personality disorder

• Mood is dominated by dejection, gloominess, cheerlessness, joylessness, unhappiness

• Self-concept centres around beliefs of inadequacy, worthlessness, and low self-esteem

• Is critical, blaming, and derogatory towards the self

• Broods and worries

• Is negativistic, critical, and judgmental toward others

• Is pessimistic

• Is prone to guilt or remorse

Synonym Melancholic personality disorder

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