Axis II refers to the diagnostic axis of the DSM-IV that indicates the presence of personality disorders or mental retardation.
Using the DSM-IV-TR classification system , personality disorders and mental retardation are recorded on Axis II - Personality Disorders and Mental Retardation. Personality Disorders and Mental Retardation are recorded so the clinician will give consideration to additional intervention and treatment choices. Personality is the qualities and traits of being a specific and unique individual. It is the enduring pattern of our thoughts, feelings , and behaviors , it is how we think, love, feel, make decisions and take actions . Personality is determined, in part, by out genetics and also, by out environment. It is the determining factor in how we live our lives. Individuals with Personality Disorders have more difficulty in every aspect of their lives. Their individual personality traits reflect ingrained, inflexible, and maladaptive patterns of behaviors that cause discomfort, distress and impair the indivdiual's ability to function in the daily activities of living. In Mental Retardation problems in brain development have usually occurred and virtually will affect all aspects of the indivdiual's cognitive functioning. Borderline Intellectual Functioning, as well as Learning Disabilities , may also be a consideration for clinical focus.