Personality is the way of thinking, feeling and behaving that makes a person different from other people. Each person has their own personality which is influenced by environmental factors (surroundings, family, genes, life situations) and experiences.
What is it?
A personality disorder is a type of mental disorder in which you have a rigid and unhealthy pattern of thinking, functioning and behaving. Someone with a personality disorder might find it difficult to identify with others, causing significant limitations in relationships, social activities, school and work.
Personality disorders are long-term patterns of behavior that begin forming at late adolescence or early adulthood. There are 10 specific types of personality disorders. Without treatment and support, they might be long-lasting. Personality disorders might affect someone in :
Way of thinking about oneself and others
Way of responding emotionally
Way of relating to other people
Way of controlling one’s behavior
Some of the most common personality disorders and symptoms are :
Borderline personality disorder:
Impulsive and risky behavior, such as having unsafe sex, gambling or binge eating
Unstable or fragile self-image,
Unstable and intense relationships
Suicidal behavior or threats of self-injury
Intense fear of being alone or abandoned
Ongoing feelings of emptiness
Frequent, intense displays of anger
Dependent personality disorder:
Excessive dependence on others and feeling the need to be taken care of
Submissive or clingy behavior toward others manifesting in a fear of being alone
Lack of self-confidence, constantly asking for reassurance
Urgent need to start a new relationship when a close one has ended
Note that : The type of personality disorders are grouped into three clusters (categories) and they are based on the characteristics and symptoms. Many people with one personality disorder could have similar characteristics and symptoms with at least one additional personality disorder. It is not necessary to display all the symptoms listed for a disorder to be diagnosed.