Personality Disorders

WHAT ARE PERSONALITY DISORDERS?

We all have different ways of thinking, feeling and behaving. This is what makes us who we are, our personality. A personality disorder is where you suffer deeply ingrained patterns of behaviors, thoughts and emotions that are causing problems in your life. These behavior patterns are normally different to other peoples so they may not understand you, which can lead to you feeling low and insecure.

There are many different types of personality disorders. However these divide broadly into three main groups. In the first sufferers may struggle to regulate their emotions. They may be described as impulsive, erratic and have intense but unstable relationships with others. They include:

  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Histrionic personality disorder
  • Narcissistic personality disorder

In the second group sufferers display anxious and fearful behaviour. They may be described as antisocial and withdrawn by others. These include:

  • Dependent personality disorder
  • Avoidant personality disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder

In the third group sufferers find it difficult to relate to others. They show behaviours that other people may describe as odd or eccentric. These include:

  • Paranoid personality disorder
  • Schizoid personality disorder
  • Schizotypal personality disorder