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How many personality disorders can a person have?

I am just curious,l how many personality disorders can one person have? Can someone have borderline, narcissistic, and paranoid personality disorders at the same time? Or more even?
I know some of them have qualities that relate somewhat but if the person meets the criteria entirely for more than one of them do doctors diagnose them with multiple disorders?


A person will only be diagnosed with on personality disorder. If they have traits of several they will be diagnosed PD NOS or given a cluster diagnosis.
A person that has both Borderline and Narcissistic traits is most likely an anti-social PD.  (+ info)

What are some dermatological genital disorders?

I have oral and genital sores that test negatively for any STD's. I've read a little about Behcet's disease and am researching other genital skin disorders.

I just typed in my search bar "derrmatological genital disorders" and went to site #1 - Genital Skin Problems.Derrm.Net NZ. They have a whole list of genital disorders that you can click onto and they also show pictures. I looked at Behcet's disease and it stated that in the U.S. only about 1 in 20,000 get that disease and it also showed photos. Why don't you go to this site and look up each one. Maybe you can find out what you have. I hope this helps you. Good Luck!  (+ info)

What mental disorders are strictly genetic?

I have to do a research paper for school and i wanted to know what mental disorders are strictly genetic. I was going to do something like schizophrenia or bipolar. However as some of you may know, these disorders are highly debated whether they are genetic or acquired.

none that are 100% proven to be genetic, although there can be some genetic factors. Honestly, it's a mix of lots of things. Think about it: if evolution and natural selection did happen what would be the benefit in a genetic mental disorder?

here are some that are thought to have some genetic factors:
Postpartum depression
Delusional disorder  (+ info)

What are costs of diagnosing disorders in the digestive system?

Investigate and compare the cost of at least three tests used in diagnosing disorders of the digestive system.

I don't know about the costs, but I would think gastroscopy, colonoscopy, and a detailed blood test. (of all 3 , the blood test is cheapest).  (+ info)

What is the best diet for people with heart disease,stroke and blood disorders?

I have been considering changing my diet to vegetarian because of my personal and family health history including heart disease, strokes and blood disorders. My boyfriend is overweight and has heart problems and diabetes. What diet would be best for us?

Low soduim, low fat diet. Stay away from processed food, fast food. Eat lean meat stay away from red meats. Try to bake your food not fry it. Do not add salt. Eat plenty of green vegies  (+ info)

What are the most common hemotological disorders and diseases?

Especially those causing low blood count, temors, and vomiting of blood. Any disorders are helpful.

Leukemia- cancers in the blood forming tissues.

Hemophilia- genetic illness that causes dysfunction in one of the blood's clotting mechanisms.

Hemorrage- Internal bleeding (can be caused by several things)

HIV- The virus, which causes AIDS, one of its ways of transport is via blood cells.

Hepatitis B and C- Different viruses which bring disease of the liver causing liver inflamation which can later turn into cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Malaria- Transmitted by mosquito bites, the parasite causes fever, anemia, chills, flu-like illness, and in severe cases, coma and death.

Trypanosomiasis- "sleeping sickness" Inflamation of the lymph nodes, and if symptoms spread they include anemia, endocrine, cardiac, and kidney diseases and disorders. The symptoms of the second phase give confusion and reduced coordination, the sleep cycle is disturbed with bouts of fatigue punctuated with manic periods progressing to daytime slumber and nighttime insomnia.

Sickle cell- Disease refers to a chronic hemolytic anemia associated with sickle cell hemoglobin, either homozygous or in combination with thalassemia or with another abnormal hemoglobin (such as C or F).

Exsanguination- Total loss of blood by lack of coagulating factors, such as hemophilia.

etc...  (+ info)

How do people die from eating disorders?

Mainly anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. I have been doing research on the two eating disorders and I would like to find out what others have to say or think about the two.
The pictures that I've seen are haunting me!

Usually anorexic people die from organ failure (kidneys, liver, etc.) because they are not sustaining enough in their diet to provide what the body needs. Lack of protein also can cause lack of concentration and other problems with the workings of the brain.  (+ info)

After regaining consciousness, how long does it take to feel pain?

Hypothetically, if a person is injured and cannot receive medical help (and pain killers) and then becomes unconscious, do they feel pain immediately upon regaining consciousness or will some time pass before they feel pain? How long does shock last?

If you were really injured that much that you got knocked out than it would only take a few seconds.  (+ info)

What are some signs of eating disorders?

I think my little 13 year old sister has eating disorders. She never eats much at all and if you ask if she is hungury she says no i'm fine and at super she pushes her food around to make it look like she ate a lot. Once I watched her the hole time through dinner and she only took 3 bites. Also she always is saying how she ways so much and how fat she is. She seems to exercise a lot also.

There are four common types of eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, compulsive overeating, and binge-eating disorder. If your sister has any it is most likely not the last two, because they involve eating a lot. But it is possible your sister may have anorexia nervosa (commonly referred to as anorexic) or bulimia nervosa (commonly referred to as bulimic)

Anorexia typically involves irrational fear of becoming obese, and results in severe weight loss due to self-starvation; may include bingeing and purging behavior.

Bulimia typically involves extremely restrictive dieting and regular and repeated binge eating, followed by self-induced vomiting, purging through abuse of laxatives, diuretics or enemas, or excessive physical activity.

Some signs are:


- Has lost a great deal of weight in a relatively short time period
- Continues to diet although bone-thin
- Remains dissatisfied with appearance, claiming to feel fat, even after reaching weight-loss
- Loses monthly menstrual periods
- Develops strange eating rituals and eats small amounts of food (i.e., cutting foods into tiny pieces, moves around on plate)
- Becomes obsessive about exercising
- Appears depressed much of the time
- Denial of hunger


- Binge regularly
- Purges regularly
- Diets and exercises often
- Disappears into bathroom often (for a long period of time to induce vomiting)
- Appears depressed much of the time
- Has swollen neck glands
- Has bad breath
- Has scars on the back of hands from forced vomiting


I believe, from the information you gave us, that your sister may very well have either anorexia or bulimia. It is most common in females in their teenage years and is caused by low self-esteem, fear of becoming fat, fear of growing up and becoming independent, peer pressure, and media influences. I would definitely talk to a guidance counselor, health teacher, your parents, or someone else that will be able to help her. DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES TRY TO HANDLE THIS YOURSELF!!! You need to get your sister professional help, because people with one of these disorders can take anything you say and think of it as another reason to keep losing weight.
These diseases can cause serious health problems and can even become fatal. The bottom line is your sister needs help. Please do not hesitate to get her help. Good luck and I hope everything turns out well!  (+ info)

What are some interesting and unusual mental disorders?

What are some interesting and unusual mental disorders?
I'm really interested in rare interesting mental disorders such as Trichotillomania (the urge to pull out your own hair) and Body Integrity Identity Disorder (The desire to amputate your own limbs). Can anyone give me a list of other really interesting and crazy mental/psychological disorders?

In east Asia there is one called (IIRC) koro, which is the belief of a man that his penis is shrinking.

Previous commenter mentioned pica - if they mean the compulsion to eat normally inedible things such as dirt and chalk, this is actually more biological, it is the body telling you you're lacking nutrients and craving things that might give them. Similar to food cravings in pregnancy.

http://www.cas.appstate.edu/~kms/classes/psy3202/Latah/latah.htm is an article about regional-specific mental illnesses.  (+ info)

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