When asked to respond to the needs and desires of others in work and social situations, individuals with passive-aggressive personality disorder appear to comply or act appropriately, but actually behave negatively and passively resist. This personality disorder is a chronic condition, meaning that it lasts throughout life.
A personality disorder is a set pattern or persistent way of behaving and acting that is usually rigid and inflexible. Individuals with personality disorders have a tendency to have a difficult time getting along with others. They are not able to respond properly when circumstances or situations change. This behavior is so persistent that it affects day-to-day functioning.
Common Symptoms of Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder
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Feelings of resentment toward others
Argumentative, sulky, and hostile, especially toward authority figures
Resentful of useful suggestions from others
Unexpressed anger or hostility
Contradictory and inconsistent behavior-an individual with passive-aggressive personality disorder may appear enthusiastic to carry out others' requests, but he purposely performs in a manner that is not useful and sometimes even damaging.
Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder Causes
The cause of this disorder is unknown. There may be environmental and genetic (or biological) factors that contribute to the development of the disorder. These factors are often considered to be involved in personality disorders.
Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder Symptoms If you experience any of these symptoms, do not assume it is due to passive-aggressive personality disorder. These symptoms may be caused by other, less serious health conditions.
Symptoms include: Contradictory and inconsistent behavior-An individual with passive-aggressive personality disorder may appear enthusiastic to carry out others' requests, but he purposely performs in a manner that is not useful and sometimes even damaging. Intentional avoidance of responsibility. Some behaviors that may be used to avoid responsibility include: Procrastination-to delay or postpone needlessly and intentionallyDeliberate inefficiency-purposefully performing in an incompetent mannerForgetfulnessFeelings of resentment toward othersStubbornnessArgumentative, sulky, and hostile, especially toward authority figuresEasily offendedResentful of useful suggestions from othersBlames othersChronically impatientUnexpressed anger or hostility
Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder Treatment There is no medication available for this disorder. If Anxiety or Depression is also involved, your doctor may prescribe antidepressants. Antidepressants are medications that ease the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder Prevention There are no known ways to prevent passive-aggressive personality disorder.