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Hyperesthetic Anesthetic Depressive Hypomanic

Depressive Personality Disorder

The Depressive Personality results from desiring, needing, and delighting in belonging; and from fearing, and being distressed by, not belonging.


  1. Gloomy, incapable of fun, complaining
  2. Humorless
  3. Skeptical, pessimistic, and given to brooding
  4. Guilt-prone, low self-esteem, and preoccupied with inadequacy or failure
  5. Introverted with restricted social life
  6. Sluggish, living a life out of action
  7. Few interests, but which, nonetheless, can be pursued with relative constancy
  8. Passive
  9. Reliable, dependable, and devoted
  10. Habitual long sleeper (more than 10 hours a night)

The Depressive Temperament is adapted from: Akiskal, Hagop S. (1995). Table 16.6-1, "Attibutes of Depressive and Hyperthymic Temperaments," Mood Disorders: Clinical Features. Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry/VI, Vol. 1. Eds. Harold I. Kaplan and Benjamin J. Sadock. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins, pg. 1125.

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