Personality Disorders

PERSONALITY DISORDERS

Personality is the way of thinking, feeling and behaving that makes a person different from other people. An individual’s personality is influenced by experiences, environment (surroundings, life situations) and inherited characteristics. A personality disorder is a way of thinking, feeling and behaving that deviates from the expectations of the culture, causes distress or problems functioning, and lasts over time.

 

There are 10 specific types of personality disorders. Common to all personality disorders is a long-term pattern of behavior and inner experience that differs significantly from what is expected. The pattern of experience and behavior begins by late adolescence or early adulthood, and causes distress or problems in functioning. Without treatment, the behavior and experience is inflexible and usually long-lasting.

Keep in mind that we all may have certain traits of all the personality disorders, and that these disorders are seen on a spectrum. If you feel that you are someone you love is experiencing one of these personality disorders rather seek professional assistance rather than self diagnose.

If you feel you or someone you love need help, please contact us on
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