Diagnoses on Axis II start in childhood or adolescence and persist in a stable form into adulthood (there are not periods of remission). As in Axis I, a plan is needed for addressing the diagnosis given. Three questions to be considered include:
1. Are there any life-long maladaptive patterms? (In mental retardation it may not always be life long).
2. Do the identified patterns tend to cause difficulty in intimate, social or work relationships?
3. What developmental issues are arrested orcurrently impair daily functioning?
(There is a typographical error in the DSM and Borderline Intellectual Functioning can be placed on either Axis I or II