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What Do I Need to Know about Personality Disorders?

Personality disorders affect approximately 31 million Americans total, and involve a variety of disorders including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder (BPD, histrionic personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, and more. Each type of personality disorder is based on a set of symptoms that could range in intensity; if you believe you may have a personality disorder, it’s important that you seek a diagnosis from a licensed healthcare professional. From there, you can look into treatment programs and other resources to help you better manage your symptoms.

Many people with personality disorders experience difficulties in school, work, family, and social functions. They may experience disorganized thinking or inability to concentrate for extended periods of time, making it difficult to complete tasks and meet deadlines. They may also have trouble interpreting social cues and forming close relationships with others, making it difficult at times to make friends. Some personality disorders exhibit symptoms of depression and anxiety, while others such as bipolar disorder may involve manic episodes, which may include periods of high energy, restlessness, racing thoughts, impulsivity and more.

A 2015 review of personality disorders published in The Lancet stated that ultimately, personality disorders are based off of 4 dimensions: emotional dysregulation (versus stability), extraversion (versus introversion), antagonism (versus compliance), and constraint (versus impulsivity). Combined with a person’s family history, personal medical history, substance abuse record, personality, learning style, childhood history and more, it’s important that those with a personality disorder seek care that is customized to them. Not doing so could jeopardize their treatment, causing a delay in recovery progress.

Unfortunately, there are still many stigmas behind personality disorders as many people don’t fully understand them. The best way that we can combat this is to provide accurate information on them – people with these types of disorders can absolutely lead happy, healthy, manageable lives. Personality disorders are manageable with proper support and treatment. If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today to learn more about treatment programs and which one may be the best fit for you.

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