Depressive Personality Disorder

Depressive personality disorder (also known as melancholic personality disorder) is a psychiatric diagnosis that denotes a personality disorder with depressive features. Originally included in the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-II, depressive personality disorder was removed from the DSM-III and DSM-III-R.


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Wiki Number: W059
Diagnosis: Depressive Personality Disorder
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Age Onset:
Brain Area: None listed.
Symptoms: 2 years: mood is usually joyless, low self-esteem, self-derogatory, pessimistic, guilty, remorseful, judgmental to others
Progression: pervasive negative pattern before, during, after depressive episodes; difficulty developing and maintaining relationships
Causes: None listed.
Medications: None listed.
Therapies: None listed.


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  • A randomized controlled trial of an Internet-based emotion regulation intervention for sexual health: study protocol
    by Vinicius Jobim Fischer on October 16, 2021

    INTRODUCTION: Emotion regulation difficulties have been associated with mental disorders and sexual dysfunctions. Traditional face-to-face transdiagnostic emotion regulation interventions have shown positive results for emotional and personality disorders. Only recently have the effects of these interventions on sexual health started to be investigated. Internet-delivered psychological interventions have several advantages over face-to-face interventions, such as cost-effectiveness,...

  • Self-disgust and disgust sensitivity are increased in anorexia nervosa inpatients, but only self-disgust mediates between comorbid and core psychopathology
    by Emilia Kot on October 16, 2021

    OBJECTIVE: The possible role of abnormal disgust processing in the development and course of anorexia nervosa (AN) has been emphasized in theoretical models and research. However, disgust toward external stimuli and self-disgust have not yet been investigated together in a clinical sample of AN patients. Therefore, the purpose of the study was to measure these constructs and examine their role in shaping eating pathology in AN patients and healthy controls (HCs), considering comorbid depressive...

  • Race bias and gender bias in the diagnosis of psychological disorders
    by Howard N Garb on October 16, 2021

    Bias is said to occur when validity is better for one group than another (e.g., when diagnoses are more valid for male or female clients). This article provides (a) a methodological critique of studies on race bias and gender bias in diagnosis and (b) a narrative review of results from studies with good internal validity. The results suggest that race bias occurs for the diagnosis of conduct disorder, antisocial personality disorder, comorbid substance abuse and mood disorders, eating disorders,...

  • Identifying Distinguishable Clinical Profiles Between Single Suicide Attempters and Re-Attempters
    by Marlehn Lübbert on October 14, 2021

    More than 800,000 individuals die from suicide each year in the world, which has a devastating impact on families and society. Ten to twenty times more attempt suicide. Previous studies showed that suicide attempters represent a heterogeneous group regarding demographic characteristics, individual characteristics of a suicidal attempt, and the assumed clinical factors, e.g., hopelessness or impulsivity, thus differently contributing to the likelihood of suicidal behavior. Therefore, in the...