Personality disorders are one of the most commonly diagnosed
groups of psychiatric conditions.
occur in patients when their long term behavior, thought, and emotional
patterns diverge wildly from cultural expectations, and result in problems for
the patient in their personal relationships or at work.
Unfortunately, most of the causes and mechanisms by which
these diseases operate are still unknown, though we are aware of different
genetic and environmental factors which can aggravate the conditions.
Most professionals in the field of mental
health categorize personality disorders into these following types:
Antisocial – This disorder occurs when a person
engages in behavior that manipulates or exploits others, violating their
rights. Can often be actual criminal
Avoidant – If a person has lifelong feelings of
inadequacy, or feels overly shy and sensitive to rejection, they may be
experiencing this disorder.
Borderline – Chronically volatile and turbulent
emotions lead to a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder, which causes
people to be impulsive and chaotic.
Dependent – Depending too much on others to
fulfill your own emotional or physical needs is indicative of this condition.
Histrionic – The drama queen disorder, those who
suffer from this condition are overly dramatic and emotional, so as to draw
attention to themselves.
Narcissistic – An inflated sense of how
important people are and an overwhelming selfishness are the hallmarks of this
OCD – When a person is so concerned with rules
and control that they develop unwanted thoughts and habits of repeating
actions, they suffer from OCD.
Paranoid – Suspicion of others, and long term
distrust for people and institutions constitutes a paranoid disorder. Not on the same level as schizophrenia,
Schizoid – Rather than suspicion or manipulating
of others, schizoid personality types instead show indifference and social
As you can see, there are many different types of mental
illness and personality disorders.
you suspect that either you or a loved one suffers from these conditions, or
any other, make sure to call a qualified mental health professional to discuss
your situation right away.
disease is real, and everyone deserves treatment for the conditions they suffer
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