Most people like to believe that they’re different or distinct from everyone else. Because we all have our own way of thinking, acting, and feeling, in many ways this belief is true. This uniqueness – one’s personal way of thinking, behaving, and feeling – could be referred to as your personality. However, sometimes aspects of a person’s personality make it difficult to relate to themselves and/or others in a developmentally or culturally healthy way. When this happens, a person may develop a personality disorder.
There are many different types of personality disorders, some of which you may have heard about like borderline personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder. Each personality disorder falls within one of three clusters – odd/eccentric, dramatic, emotional or erratic, or anxious/fearful. Each type of personality disorder has its own set of distinct symptoms, but common symptoms may include things like difficulty with social relationships, mood swings, irritability, suspicion of others, social isolation, and/or potential substance abuse.
Right now you might be thinking, “I sometimes have mood swings, do I have a personality disorder?” It’s true that to some extent these symptoms could be found in many people. However, people with personality disorders have severe impairment to their daily lives and interpersonal relationships beyond that of most people. One good way to better understand if you or another person you know is struggling with a personality disorder is to contact a licensed psychologist through our database.
In the United States, it is estimated that approximately 9% of the adult population has a personality disorder. Some of these people, however, do not seek treatment because of stigma that is associated with mental health problems.
Don’t let a personality disorder harm your ability to lead a healthy lifestyle. Please search our database today to contact support.