WHAT IS A PERSONALITY DISORDER?

A personality disorder is typically described as an enduring pattern of feelings and behaviours that can cause long-term difficulties in interpersonal relationships along with everyday functioning. These disorders can cause problems with perception and thought, emotional states and impulse control. It is important that we do not label anyone with a personality disorder without understanding the complex set of factors that can occur with a personality disorder. Examples of these disorders include;
Borderline Personality Disorder
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Antisocial Personality Disorder
Histrionic Personality Disorder
Avoidant Personality Disorder
Features of these disorders usually become recognisable during adolescence or early adulthood, and symptoms can be exacerbated by significant changes in a person’s environment, such as grief, job loss or drug abuse. Symptoms can be managed and a person who has proper care and support systems in place is likely to do well in treatment. Understanding the nature of your own struggles or those of a loved one is integral to effective communication about treatment and support. Access our services for education and intervention.