At the Office

At the Office

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  • Suzette, Suzette! Please! I just heard something over by the copier, tell me that it is not true. The new guy,the one that sits next to Jeremy, I heard that he is an ex-convict and he is not right in his head.
  • Girl, I wish I could tell you that it was not true but then I would be lying. He was in jail for killing his wife and children and then he also...
  • A personality disorder? So why did they send a mad man to work with us? Does that mean he can go off and kill all of us in here too? I do not feel safe working with a mad man, far less a criminal. What is this so-called personality disorder anyhow?
  • ...was sent to a mental institution after he cut his girlfriend’s wrist. However, his sentencing was reduced because of his mental illness. I understand he has a personality disorder.
  • Well since I heard about it, I did some research and According to the DSM-5 (2013) a personality disorder is a continuous pattern of “inner experience” and behavior that contradicts societal...
  • ...and cultural norms of an individual, is persistent and obstinate, generally starts in adolescence or early adulthood, remains stable and can lead to distress or impairment.
  • Well they have the DSM-5 to further break it down. There are ten types of personality disorders. There are general personality disorders and then you have three clusters of personality disorders A, B and C which include paranoid, borderline and avoidant disorder, respectively...
  • Ok, so how do they know for sure that he has a personality disorder and not some other illness?
  • What makes the disorders recognizable are their consistency, mal-adaptiveness and stubborn patterns, at the onset of adolescence (DSM-5, 2013).
  • ... However, generally speaking, personality disorders are not manifested from other mental illnesses and they are not attributed to.
  • Ok, well fair enough but I was so afraid that I googled disorders that were prominent in Criminals and I found out that in a study by...
  • Well yes but bear in mind that all kinds of people can have mental illnesses, not just criminals.
  • ...Edwards and Bond (2012) it revealed that Schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder and delusional disorder are most prevalent among prisoners.
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