Saturday, 8 February 2014
TYPES OF PERSONALITY DISORDER
Several different types of personality disorder are recognized. They can be broadly grouped into one of three clusters. A, B or C
CLUSTER A PERSONALITY DISORDERS
A person in this group tends to have difficulty relating to others and usually shows patterns of behaviours most people would regard as odd and eccentric. Others may describe them as living in a fantasy world of their own.
PARANOID PERSONALITY DISORDER
A person with a paranoid personality disorder is extremely distrustful and suspicious. Other symptoms include:
Thinking other people are lying to them or trying to manipulate them.
Feeling they cannot really trust their friends and associates.
Worrying any confidential information shared with others will be used against them.
Thinking there are hidden meanings in remarks most would regard as innocent.
Worrying their spouse or partner is unfaithful, despite a lack of evidence.
SCHIZOID PERSONALITY DISORDER
A person with a schizoid personality disorder may appear cold and detached, and avoid making close social contact with others. Other symptoms include:
Preferring to take part in activities that do not require interaction with others.
Having little desire to form close relationships, including sexual relationships.
Being uninterested while receiving criticism or praise.
Having a limited ability to experience pleasure or joy.
SCHIZOTYPAL PERSONALITY DISORDER
A person with a schizotypal personality disorder is likely to have poor social skills and delusional thoughts, and behave in unusual ways. Other symptoms include:
Attaching undue and misguided significance to everyday events, such as thinking newspaper headlines are secret messages to them.
Believing in special powers, such as telepathy or the ability to influence other people’s emotions and actions.
Having unusual way of speaking such as long rambling vague sentences or going off on a tangent.
Experiencing excessive anxiety in social situations, even if they have known a particular person or group of people a long time.