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Passive Aggressive Personality Disorder Overview

What is passive aggressive personality disorder?
A person with passive aggressive personality disorder expresses negative feelings indirectly, rather than openly sharing them with others. The person expresses anger or resentment through actions, rather than verbally. This may result in a negative attitude toward rules and laws, and resistance to social and occupational demands. Persons with passive aggressive personality disorder may be argumentative and critical. They tend to be unhappy with their life and relationships.

What are the symptoms of passive aggressive personality disorder?
Symptoms of passive aggressive personality disorder include a resistance to performing social and occupational tasks, a tendency to argue, complaints of being misunderstood and unappreciated, unreasonably critical views, a lack of respect for authority, behavior that alternates between defiance and passivity, and complaints about personal misfortune.

How does the doctor treat passive aggressive personality disorder?
Treatment for passive aggressive personality disorder may include a support group, mental health counseling, and medications.

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Last Updated: Jul 6, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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