affective personality disorders
Patients with an affective personality disorder have a lifelong abnormality of mood.
If the tendency is towards depressed mood then a depressive personality disorder is present.
If the tendency is towards elation then a hyperthymic personality disorder is present.
If there are marked shifts from high to low mood, this may indicate the presence of a cyclothymic personality disorder.
The affective personality disorders are difficult to differentiate from recurrent full-blown affective disorders.
Last reviewed 01/2018