This post was developed via a partnership with BetterHelp.
While there are many mental health concerns that a person may develop, one that may be quite tricky to loved ones are personality disorders. This is because they cause an individual to change their behavior abruptly, which sometimes leads to engaging in dangerous or hostile behaviors. Here’s a look at some of the most common personality disorders a person may experience.
Personality and Personality Disorders
An individual’s personality dictates how they act, how they think, and what they like. It is something that doesn’t change much throughout their life. However, when a person expresses symptoms related to a personality disorder, this could cause them to think and behave in a manner that is different than their personality. They may have difficulties thinking clearly, making decisions, and acting in an appropriate manner.
If you want to find out more about a specific personality disorder, read this site: https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/personality-disorders. There is plenty of information available.
Personality Disorders to Be Aware of
There are multiple types of personality disorders that are possible. Each one has a specific set of symptoms related to it.
- Paranoid Personality Disorder: With this condition, a person will be suspicious of everyone around them. They may feel like others are out to get them, even though there has been no evidence that this is the case. Also, they will not share information with others, and could interpret even simple comments into something more sinister.
- Antisocial Personality Disorder: If someone has this disorder, they are not concerned about how other people feel. They may be inclined to habitually break the law and put other people in danger. Something else that goes along with this is not having any regret for actions that they take, even if they hurt others.
- Borderline Personality Disorder: With BPD, a person may not feel secure in any relationship and might have low self-esteem. They may be needy in relationships and exhibit behaviors that are problematic and dangerous.
- Histrionic Personality Disorder: A person with this personality disorder is always concerned about how others see them. They may want others to fawn over them and do their best to act or look a certain way to please a certain person. At the same time, they may also stretch the truth when they talk to you and have poor control of their emotions.
- Narcissistic Personality Disorder: When an individual is narcissistic, this means they feel like they are the best at what they do. They may have a bloated view of their accomplishments and how they are viewed by others. A person with NPD will likely use people to get what they want and feel superior to everyone that they know.
- Avoidant Personality Disorder: Anyone that has avoidant personality disorder will go out of their way to stay away from others. They will not want to take part in an event where they will have to speak to other people, since they feel like they are being judged and don’t meet the mark. In general terms, they won’t feel like they are good enough and that others will tell them this if they interact.
There are treatments available if you or someone you know experiences any of these personality disorders. The first step is talking to a therapist about what is occurring. They may be able to offer guidance when it comes to determining how to change dangerous behaviors and address thinking that doesn’t fit with reality.
For some people, medicine may also be prescribed, in order to lessen severe symptoms. Together these treatment options can make a difference, alleviate symptoms, and allow a person to feel more like themselves.
If you have a personality disorder, it will cause you to act in a manner that those around you aren’t used to. You may also be acting dangerously or taking unnecessary risks. Anytime the disorder described above sound like how you feel and act, it can be a good idea to talk to a therapist. They might be able to help you and lessen the effects of a specific personality disorder.