What Is A Personality Disorder?

People with personality disorders face many challenges, such as obtaining a diagnosis, finding the proper medical team, and finding a workable treatment plan. It is very difficult to live with a personality disorder because it affects friendships, job performance, and intimate relationships. As information about this type of mental illness becomes more available, the stigma associated with a personality disorder will be lessened and people will be more accepting of those with this disease.

Like many other illnesses, personality disorders come in different forms and have different symptoms. In this article, we will study some types of personality disorders and the negative effects they can have on living a normal lifestyle. 

Different Types Of Personality Disorders

The following points explain the ten types of personality disorders

Paranoid personality disorder

  • People with this condition find it hard to commit to relationships or trust people, because they believe people will betray or abuse them.
  • They watch people because they are so afraid of betrayal.
  • They think every conversation is somebody saying something negative about them.

Schizoid personality disorder

  • This condition makes people uninterested and afraid to form close relationships with people, including their family. 
  • They believe relationships would disturb their freedom and create issues in their life. 
  • They like to stay alone.They are not interested in intimacy and are mostly emotionless. 

 

Schizotypal personality disorder

  • They Feel uncomfortable making close relationships. 
  • They find it extremely difficult to express themselves. They may speak or act strangely. 
  • They are often uncomfortable and anxious in front of people.

 

Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD)

  • Their behavior goes against societal norms and can often hurt other people. 
  • Their disregard of what is acceptable makes them hard to get along with. 
  • They decide rapidly and emotionally, rather than thinking first.

 

Borderline personality disorder (BPD)

 

  • They worry about others abandoning them. 
  • They suffer from severe mood swings.
  • They cannot maintain stable and healthy relationships.
  • They anger quickly and struggle to control their anger.

 

Histrionic personality disorder

 

  • People with this disorder strive to be the center of attention. T
  • hey feel the need to entertain people.
  • They flirt or behave weirdly to get attention and have a reputation for being dramatic and overemotional. 
  • They are easily influenced by others.
  • They may dress provocatively to attract attention.. 

 

Narcissistic personality disorder

 

  • They believe they are more deserving than others and will do things to make others look bad.
  • They have fragile self-esteem and do not take criticism well.
  • They become upset when people ignore them or fail to treat them the way they think they should be treated. 

 

Avoidant (or anxious) personality disorder

 

  • They avoid social activities for fear of being disliked.
  • They are extremely sensitive to criticism.
  • In fear of rejection, they avoid relationships and friendships.
  • They feel they can’t do anything correctly.

 

Dependent personality disorder

 

  • They feel  weak, and are unable to make decisions. 
  • They suffer from very low confidence.
  • They often agree to things they don’t even like for fear of being left alone.
  • They will remain in an abusive relationship rather than being alone.

 

Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCDP)

 

  • They try to keep everything in order and under control.
  • They set unrealistically high standards for their own performance on tasks..
  • They feel anxious when they or others make mistakes.
  • They obsess over scheduling and time.

 

Diagnosing and Treating Personality Disorders

Except in extreme cases, doctors often do not diagnose personality disorders under the age of 18 because the brain and emotions are still developing. There have been rare instances of teens being diagnosed when their symptoms were so severe that they affected growth and performance.

Only a licensed medical practitioner should identify a personality disorder. There is no reliable self-check for identifying a personality disorder. It is also important to note that most individuals will have characteristics that can fit into more than one of the categories listed above. 

If you feel that you or a loved one might be affected by a personality disorder, contact us to learn more about our Los Angeles Teen Treatment Program to set up an initial consultation and free assessment.  Sometimes, inpatient treatment might be the best course of action, at least until the disorder becomes manageable. More common treatment options include supervised outpatient treatment with medication, medication-only treatment, or group therapy only. 

 

How Can Personality Disorder Affect Everyday Life?

Some people with personality disorders go through day-to-day life with no trouble. Whether their symptoms are not severe enough to cause disruptive behavior, or they have found a way to control the behaviors, there are some people you would never know have a personality disorder.

 

For others, however, personality disorder affects everything from mood to appetite to personal hygiene. Many times a person suffering from a personality disorder will find it hard to interact in a group setting. This can create problems finding and keeping a job. Frequent absences caused by depressed days can also hinder job performance.

 

Individuals suffering from the narcissistic disorder will find it hard to work under the management of another person. They will have trouble following directions and often will challenge authority. Paranoid people or those with an obsessive-compulsive personality disorder will probably have the same problems.

 

Relationships

Many individuals with personality disorders struggle to maintain meaningful relationships. Some may attach to people who could harm them, while others may push everybody away. Relationship problems are one of the most common complaints of people with personality disorders.  Proper therapy can help these individuals overcome the problem though.

 

Conclusion

There are many types of personality disorders, and not every individual is affected in the same way. Relationships, jobs, and personal life all suffer from undiagnosed personality disorders. By getting the help needed, though, these individuals can assimilate into society and become happy and productive. 

If you or someone you know needs to overcome a behavioral personality disorder, contact us. We have helped teens all throughout Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. Our highly trained staff is ready to give your teen the help they need.