The nurse is evaluating a patient with a personality disorder. Of the following, which characteristics that are common across all types of personality disorders would the nurse expect to see? 


• Different types of personality disorders have a variety of characteristics, but some characteristics are common across all types.

• Common characteristics of all personality disorders include abnormal moral development, maladaptation in social situations, altered interpersonal functioning, and abnormal ways of perceiving and interpreting one's self, others, and events.

• Limited or unusual problem-solving skills are not common symptoms of all forms of personality disorders. This is common with antisocial, paranoid, schizotypal, and borderline personality disorders.

• Persistent attention seeking and exaggerated emotional displays are seen in histrionic personality disorders. These individuals will go out of their way to make themselves noticed, often having tantrums or overreaction to trivial issues.

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