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What’s in a name?

Mark Kelly explains why the term ‘personality disorder’ is inappropriate – and asks readers to suggest an alternative.

Mark Kelly explains why the term ‘personality disorder’ is inappropriate – and asks readers to suggest an alternative.

In this article I call for a change in terminology for the diagnosis ‘personality disorder’. I consider it to be outmoded, irrelevant and unhelpful in an era when political correctness and mental health and wellbeing are fashionable.

I am partly motivated by self-interest and self-preservation in this, not least because when recently researching the term ‘personality disorder’ I diagnosed myself as a paranoid type who is schizotypal, dissocial, emotionally unstable, histrionic, obsessive compulsive, anxious and dependant.

I have also been known to be narcissistic, incompetent and passive aggressive, as those closest to me would confirm, although the terminology they use for these matters is another matter of contention.

Having recently read The Psychopath Test (Ronson 2011) I was alarmed to find that I may have occasionally scored highly

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