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Personality Disorders: an Overview

Personality disorders are a set of conditions where the symptoms suffered vary greatly from person to person, but also the the person in question differs significantly in how they think, behave, feel and relate to other people, and perceive all aspects of life.

There are approximately ten types of personality disorders and depending on characteristics and diagnosis, are generally grouped int the following sections:

Suspicious: such as paranoid, schizophrenia, and antisocial disorders.

Emotional and impulsive: such as borderline, histrionic, and narcissistic disorders.

Anxious: such as avoidant, dependant, and obsessive compulsive disorders.

However, these are not set categories, and various conditions may overlap into multiple categories.

There are no clear reasons why some people develop certain disorders but there are certainly a lot of influencing factors. Among them, the likely main factors known to researchers to cause a personality disorder to develop are:

Environmental: such as an unstable or chaotic family life, for example living with family members who may be alcoholics or struggle in other ways to cope.

Having little or no support from your caregivers: this can be harder if you have experienced a traumatic event in your life, especially childhood.

Having little or no support through school: experiencing issues with peers and the community.

Various childhood traumatic experiences: things such as abuse, neglect, bullying and other negative experiences.

Personality disorders cannot be cured, however there are medications along with various different types of therapy and methods of managing conditions and caring for yourself.