Personality Disorders
Personality Disorders

Personality Disorders

by Helen Farrell, MD

Personality disorders are pervasive, maladaptive, and chronic patterns of behavior, cognition, and mood. Patients suffering from personality disorders often describe normal affective responses but distorted perceptions of reality, ultimately manifesting in distress across all aspects of the individual's life. The impact on the individual’s life can be significant, as patients may suffer poor health and even premature mortality.

Personality disorders are common, frequently encountered in virtually all forms of healthcare. Their etiology, however, is complex. As they are influenced by genetic and environmental factors, treatment is extremely difficult for these patients.

Course Details

  • Videos 9
  • Duration 0:58 h
  • Quiz questions 40
  • Concept Pages 4


Your Educators of course Personality Disorders

 Helen Farrell, MD

Helen Farrell, MD

Dr. Helen M. Farrell is a board-certified psychiatrist and works in private practice in Boston MA. She obtained her MD from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland in 2006. Dr. Farrell served on the Harvard Medical School faculty for over a decade, during which time she was an award-winning lecturer.

Due to her achievements, she is well-published in the field of psychiatry and forensic psychiatry and has appeared as an expert witness in court. She also delivered the TEDx Talk, “Creating Hope for Mental Health” in 2015 and has since contributed to multiple TED-Ed videos on mental health, which have over 30 million collective views.

Within Lecturio, Dr. Farrell teaches courses on Psychiatry.

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Just love this lecture.
By Neuer N. on 05. February 2023 for Personality Disorders

I love Lecturio and already recommended to my colleagues. Thank you so much!

personality disorders made easier
By Grace K. on 08. September 2021 for Personality Disorders

i chose this rating because , lecturio gave me broader understanding of this topic Helen did a great job with explaining the concept, and i love it. i will always recommend lecturio to my friends in medical school, until everyone gets to know about this great opportunity to learn smartly.

Well structured course
By Anurag D. on 10. May 2021 for Personality Disorders

The lectures are very well structured. They give ample examples of what potential cases may look like. We are encouraged to think about how to apply this knowledge in practice. Throughout this course, the subsequent lectures reference previously learned concepts, so that we have a clearer understanding of the differences and similarities between the topics.

By Cyrus T. on 18. May 2020 for Personality Disorders

Dr Farel is great. She presents things very well. Everything is clear. Important things are pinpointed. The chronology (diagnostic, etiology, Clinics, treatment...) is well put. It’s a pleasure to listen.