Passive Aggressive Personality Disorder - Symptoms

Apart from knowing about the symptoms of passive aggressive personality disorder, get to know about other basic facts about this psychological condition.
"Passive aggressive personality disorder." What can you infer from the term? Let me tell you what it is, with the help of an example. For instance, you have a friend named 'Joey'. Now one fine day you ask Joey to deposit your light bills before the end of the week. Being your friend, Joey complies and happily promises you that the work would be done in no time. Now the week has come to an end and you come to know that Joey hasn't deposited the bill. And so when you ask him the reason for the delay, you find his behavior to be sullen or you feel as if he is avoiding the topic. Now, if this kind of situation arises with Joey every now and then, then he may be suffering from what is known as the passive aggressive personality disorder. Experts say, this is a chronic condition wherein, the affected person apparently seems to comply with the desires or needs of others, but at the same time having a passive intention to resist it. Passive because of the fact that the affected person cannot express his feelings with an open channel, but exhibits different signs or symptoms as an indirect way to channel his negative feelings. As a result, the sufferer tends to develop a more aggressive and hostile attitude towards others, with time. And most of these symptoms are non-verbal in nature, as the person finds it difficult to let his opinion out in words.

What Symptoms are Typical of Passive Aggressive Personality Disorder?
  • Developing an attitude of having an ill-humor
  • Holding forgetfulness for avoiding responsibilities
  • Showing resentment and having an opposition to the demands of others
  • Constantly complaining about being unappreciated or feeling inferior about himself
  • Procrastination, giving baseless tantrums, stubbornness
  • Ambiguity, unexpressed anger or bitterness
  • Inefficient in any job assigned, memory problems, and fear of competition
  • Developing a cynical attitude towards others, lying
  • Fulfilling the requirements too late to be helpful
  • Performing the assigned way in a useless manner
  • Intentionally jeopardizing the job to make it as a way to express anger or resentment
How to Deal With the Disorder

Although medicines are prescribed in the treatment, stress is mainly put on counseling for dealing with passive aggressive personality disorder. It involves counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy. Here patients are helped to identify and change their passive aggressive behavior, and replace their negative thoughts with positive ones. Here, the counselor works with the patients to help them take the decision when they should comply to others wishes and when to avoid them. The therapy also help them to be more communicative, which they normally aren't.

Then comes group therapy. As the name suggests, a particular group of people suffering from this disorder symptoms, take part in the session. Basically, the sessions conducted by the expert, teach the patients about ways to control their hostility.

Very little medical science can do, when the prospect of cure comes, in the case of this disorder. Medications are prescribed to be used to deal with depression, anxiety, irritability, etc. The use of these medications may give rise to side effects like drowsiness, poor sleep and stomach upset.

Passive aggressive personality disorder is a chronic condition, and has no cure. However, seeking support from friends and family, and following doctor's recommendation, can improve the quality of life.
By Rajib Singha
Published: 12/14/2010
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