Did you know?

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.

Treatment – How to get help?

Personality disorders can be managed, treated and cured with proper support and aid.
If you want to find out more about personality disorders, please refer to this website : What Are Personality Disorders? (

If you or a loved one displays symptoms or characteristics of a personality disorder, do not hesitate to reach out to us for help.


What to say to a person with personality disorder:

‘’I am here for you, just let me know how i can help you.’’

‘’I am sorry you are going through this, but you are not alone.’’


What not to say to a person with personality disorder:

‘’Just learn to control your emotions’’

‘’People with Borderline personality disorder just do things for ‘’attention’’ and they are just dramatic.’’

‘’You are so much trouble.’’


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