I’ve had this nagging feeling to do an article on personality disorders because of the different types of people I’ve come to relate with in my career as a blogger and during my usual blog troll *chuckles*. Anyways I hope at the end of the series, we would have learnt one or new things about the way we behave and what influences our behaviour(s). Thanks to Wikipedia and www.nhs.uk for everything written here
Wikipedia defines personality disorders as a class of mental disorders characterised by enduring maladaptive pattern of behaviour, cognition and inner experience, exhibited across many contexts and deviating markedly from those accepted by the individual’s culture.
Personality disorders are defined by experiences and behaviours that differ from societal norms and expectations.
Simply put, personality disorders are conditions in which an individual differs significantly from an average person, in terms of how they think, perceive, feel or relate with others.
THE MAIN SYMPTOMS ARE:
Being overwhelmed by negative feelings such as distress, anxiety, worthlessness or anger
Avoiding other people and feeling empty and emotionally disconnected
Difficulty managing negative feelings without self-harming (eg abusing drugs or alcohol or taking overdose) or in rare cases, threatening other people
Difficulty maintaining stable and close relationships especially with partners, children and professional colleagues
Sometimes, periods of losing contact with reality
Symptoms typically get worse with stress.
People with personality disorders often have other mental health problems, especially depression and substance misuse.
WHEN AND WHY PERSONALITY DISORDER OCCUR
Personality disorders typically emerge in adolescence and continue into adulthood.
They may be mild, moderate or severe and people may have periods of ‘remission’ where they function well.
Personality disorders may be associated with genetic or family factors. Experiences of distress or fear during childhood, such as neglect or abuse are common.