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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Causes and Treatment

In the last issue we defined the nature of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). When deciding whether this description fits your client, I emphasized two key concepts: extreme threats and intense fear.

Commonly, experts misidentify chronic exposure to stress as a precursor to PTSD. This is simply false. The predisposing event…

A Breakthrough in Assessing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

One of the least appreciated facts about personal injury is the frequent and severe psychological consequences. Severe and/or chronic pain usually results in either depressing and/or anxiety. More often then not the psychological consequences far exceed the physical ones in terms of a level of functioning both at work…

Client indifference: The schizoid personality

At some point in your professional practice, a person may walk into your law office who appears like a robot. He/she does not smile during your conversation, and shows no emotion while discussing his/her case. You may be representing a schizoid personality disorder.

This disorder is characterized by detachment from…

Paranoid Personality Disorder and Your Practice

The most frequent type of personality disorder involved in litigation is the Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD). This individual has a basic mistrust of others that manifests itself in four or more of the following: (1) Expects, without sufficient basis, that others are deceiving or taking advantage of him/her; (2)…

Do I Live or Work With an Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder?

Do you remember a television show based on a play by Neil Simon called the Odd Couple? One of the main characters, Felix Ungar, drives his roommate to distraction with his perfectionism. There is a name for this problem- Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder. This disorder is characterized by preoccupation with…

Narcissistic Personality Disorder and Your Practice

This article will focus on the Narcissistic Personality Disorder. You might interact with this individual as either a client or colleague. He/she will exhibit a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, lack of empathy, and a continuous need for admiration. This pattern is manifested in at least five of the following…

You Look Marvelous: The Histrionic Personality Disorder

A man walks into your house wearing a heavy gold chain around his neck and a Rolex watch. He tells you he is the mayor’s closest friend. He has come to your house to introduce himself because he has heard that you are the president of the…

Dependent Personality Disorder and Your Practice

In this article I will focus on the dependent personality disorder. This individual has a pervasive and excessive need for care. This may be manifested by five or more of the following difficulties: 1) can’t make decisions, 2) needs others to assume responsibility for their life, 3) cannot express…

Tempest in a Teapot: Borderline Personality Disorder

Certain individuals tend to make a mess out of their lives. They are not really evil, but still end up with many personal and legal problems. They are a psychologist’s nightmare because they require high maintenance for relatively small increments of improvement. They usually arrive at a lawyer’s office…

The Avoidant Personality Disorder

In this article we will consider the Avoidant Personality Disorder. This individual is distinguished by a pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, and hypersensitivity to negative evaluation. He/she exhibits at least four of the following seven characteristics: (1) avoids significant interpersonal contact, (2) is unwilling to interact with…

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