Personality disorders

 

The term personality relates to the collection of traitsand characteristics that a person has developed as they grow up, leaving each us as individuals. This affecting the way we each think, feel and behave.

A person will develop their personality by their early adulthood, and this usually remains the same throughout their lives.

With personality disorder, parts of yourself will have developed in ways to adapt best to early life repetitive issues. These can make life difficult tolive with yourself, and amongst others. This leaving you feeling unhappy and often isolated, and cause day to day problems.

 

Difficulties such as:person ed

  • Keeping relationships
  • Getting along with family and friends
  • Holding down a job
  • Staying out of trouble
  • Controlling your feelings and anger
  • Communicating with and understanding others

 

Types of Personality disorders

Borderline Personality Disorder 


  • impulsive – do things on the spur of the moment
  • find it hard to control your emotions
  • feel bad about yourself
  • often self-harm, e.g. cutting yourself or making suicide attempts
  • feel ’empty’
  • make relationships quickly, but easily lose them
  • feel easily rejected
  • tend to hold grudge

Schizoid Personality Disorder


  •  emotionally ‘cold’
  • don’t like contact with other people, prefer your own company
  • have a rich fantasy world

Schizotypal Personality Disorder


  • eccentric behaviour
  • odd ideas
  • difficulties with thinking
  • lack of emotion, or inappropriate emotional reactions
  • see or hear strange things
  • sometimes related to schizophrenia, the mental illness

Histrionic Personality Disorder


  •  over-dramatise events
  •  self-centered
  •  have strong emotions which change quickly and don’t last long
  •  can be suggestible
  •  worry a lot about your appearance
  •  crave new things and excitement
  •  can be seductive

Anti-social Personality Disorder


  • can feel paranoid or depressed
  • when stressed, may hear noises or voices

Obsessive compulsive Personality Disorder


  • worry and doubt a lot
  • perfectionist – always check things
  • rigid in what you do, stick to routines
  • cautious, preoccupied with detail
  • worry about doing the wrong thing
  • find it hard to adapt to new situations
  • often have high moral standards
  • judgemental
  • sensitive to criticism
  • can have obsessional thoughts and images (although these are not as bad as those in obsessive-compulsive disorder)

Avoidant Personality Disorder


  • very anxious and tense
  • worry a lot
  • feel insecure and inferior
  • have to be liked and accepted
  • extremely sensitive to criticism

Paranoid Personality Disorder


  • suspicious
  • feel that other people are being nasty to you (even when evidence shows this isn’t true)
  • don’t care much about the feelings of others
  • easily get frustrated
  • tend to be aggressive
  • commit crimes
  • find it difficult to make close relationships
  • impulsive – do things on the spur of the moment without thinking about them
  • don’t feel guilty about things you’ve done
  • don’t learn from unpleasant experiences

Narcissistic Personality Disorder


  • worry and doubt a lot
  • perfectionist – always check things
  • rigid in what you do, stick to routines
  • cautious, preoccupied with detail
  • worry about doing the wrong thing
  • find it hard to adapt to new situations
  • often have high moral standards
  • judgemental
  • sensitive to criticism
  • can have obsessional thoughts and images (although these are not as bad as those in obsessive-compulsive disorder)

Dependent Personality Disorder


  •  passive
  •  rely on others to make decisions for you
  • do what other people want you to do
  • find it hard to cope with daily chores
  • feel hopeless and incompetent
  • easily feel abandoned by others

What causes Personality disorders?

 

The answer is not completely clear, but it seems that like other mental health disorders, the persons upbringing has a major impact on how they need to adapt their thinking and doing to live day to day throughout their childhood.

Upbringing

Sometimes, but not always, people with personality disorder have experienced

  • physical or sexual abuse in childhood
  • violence in the family
  • parents who drink too much

If children are taken out of this sort of difficult environment, they are less likely to develop a personality disorder.

 

Early problems

Severe aggression, disobedience, and repeated temper tantrums in childhood.

 

Triggers

  • using a lot of drugs or alcohol
  • problems getting on with your family or partner
  • money problems
  • anxiety, depression or other mental health problems
  • important events
  • stressful situations
  • loss, such as death of a loved one

 

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