What is it?

Self-defeating personality disorder, formerly known as masochistic personality disorder, has been excluded from the psychiatry diagnostics guide, the DSM. In DSM-5, the newest edition of the book, there is an alternative- personality disorder not otherwise specified. Self-defeating personality disorder is characterized by a pervasive pattern of self-defeating behavior- by choosing relationships and situations that will lead to disappointment, even when better options are available.

24 Alikes with Other personality disorders

Learn from others
who are experiencing
Other personality disorders.

Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Masochistic personality disorder

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may include rejection of help, feeling bad after positive events, rejecting opportunities for pleasure, failure to accomplish tasks even when having the ability to do so, self- sacrificing, rejecting people who treat them well, and avoiding pleasurable experiences.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from an interview made by mental health professionals.


Treatment includes psychotherapy.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

Learn more about our editorial process for content accuracy.

Alike Wisdom

Instantly get answers to medical questions with our AI, built from the collective wisdom of our community facing similar experiences

Thank you! Your submission has been received!

Find people who are
experiencing a similar
medical reality

100% Free