6D11.0/F60.8 Negative affectivity in personality disorder or personality difficulty



Negative affectivity is a personality trait characterized by a tendency to experience negative emotions, such as anger, fear, sadness, and guilt. It is believed to be caused by a combination of both genetic and environmental factors, such as early childhood experiences, traumatic events, and a person’s temperament.


To diagnose negative affectivity, a clinician typically uses a combination of self-report measures, interviews, and observational data. They may also consider the person’s family and social history to determine if any environmental factors could be contributing to the negative affectivity.

Differential diagnosis

Negative affectivity can be confused with depression, anxiety, or other mental health disorders. A differential diagnosis helps to distinguish negative affectivity from other conditions.


Treatment for negative affectivity typically involves cognitive-behavioral therapy and/or medications. Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps the individual to identify and modify negative thought patterns and behaviors, while medications can help reduce the intensity of negative emotions.


With appropriate treatment, individuals with negative affectivity can learn to better manage their emotions and lead more fulfilling lives. However, it is important to note that the prognosis may vary depending on the individual and their particular circumstances.

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