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Considering Personality Disorders in Family Law: Four Key Skills for Addressing Them in Family Court - Family Law News

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Posted on: Dec 1, 2020

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By Bill Eddy, LCSW

A landmark case in Australia and a study in California both reached the same conclusions this year: personality disorders should be considered in more legal cases. This is what we have been saying with High Conflict Institute since our founding in 2008. Most of us in family law are used to considering personality disorders as a form of mental illness because they are included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders by the American Psychiatric Association, 2013, currently the "DSM-5." In reality, personality disorders are interpersonal disorders, yet they can also be hidden disorders. Read more.

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