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Medical Mental disorder?

  1. Nov 17, 2013 #1
    I am seeking information regarding mental health. I am wondering if there is a mental illness, disorder, syndrome, etc. that is characterized by persistent arguing/fighting? Is there an adult version or form of the oppositional defiant disorder? Almost as if the individual is addicted to arguing and gets off on it; as if they get a high while they are arguing and simply continues to persist.
    Thanks in advance.
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  5. Nov 21, 2013 #4
    It can be a part of a a personality disorder or bipolar disorder especially when the individual is undergoing manic episode. However, you should also consider their personality type as we can categorize personalities such as Type A (hardworkers, argumentative, etc. which relates to serious types), Type B (casual, balanced, social, and etc. which relates to individuals who are, well you know balanced, something between Type A and Type C), and lastly Type C (those who are passive, pessimistic, etc. which relates to those who are usually having difficulties with interpersonal relationships)

    Sorry my source is only what I learned back in the university.
  6. Nov 21, 2013 #5
    What happened to the rule that we wouldn't diagnoze people on this forum?
  7. Nov 21, 2013 #6
    Hi. I'd just like to ask what might be wrong for putting possible diagnosis? :redface:
  8. Nov 21, 2013 #7


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    This isn't a diagnosis, someone is asking if there exists a condition that causes a symptom.
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    Who knows when it's just based off a simple symptom of arguing. The DSM generally requires extensive symptom matching.

    When it comes to opposition defiance disorder (ODD) it is commonly a precursor to conduct disorder (CD) [1] which is often a precursor to anti-social personality disorder (ASPD) [2]. This course of illnesses is also often comorbid with ADHD, anxiety, and mood disorders [3].

    [1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8408986
    [2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1488492
    [3] http://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families...nal_Defiant_Disorder_Resource_Center/FAQ.aspx
  10. Nov 22, 2013 #9
    Does it matter whether there's a DSM label for this behaviour? What exactly is the explanatory difference between saying that a person gets off on arguing and that they suffer from, say, Argumentative Personality Disorder? Would the absence of a label for this particular form of behaviour make it any less dysfunctional?
  11. Nov 22, 2013 #10


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    Truth be told, without expertise, you have no place diagnosing people even if they do follow DSM guidelines.

    And people can demonstrate obsessive compulsive traits without having obsessive compulsive disorder. Diagnosing something as a mental illness requires they meet the three criteria (1 - symptoms cause significant distress, 2 - interference with work/personal life/etc, 3 - not culturally normal behavior).

    Furthermore, even the DSM has been withdrawn from support by NIMH:


    because of the highly subjective aspects of it even when wielded by experts.

  12. Nov 22, 2013 #11
    From the information given it the original post of this thread, a diagnosis can not be made.
    As seen the answers to even the basic question had different answers.

    Since this statement was made "I am seeking information regarding mental health."

    I would advise seeking a qualified individual to ask your questions to, not the internet.
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