Personality Disorder refers to rather frequent type of difficulties that some individual encounter in life. Recent research demonstrates it is a rather typical occurrence.
But what is “personality”? To put it simply, this refers to a specific combination of prevailing feelings, behaviour and thoughts which are specific for each person (hence the “personality”).
Usually these patterns don’t change much throughout our life, although there is a tendency for certain traits to change in severity as time passes. If you are lucky, your personality traits are flexible enough to adjust to whatever happens in life, and this way we adjust ourselves to cope better come rain or sun.For some of us, unfortunately, this positive adjustment doesn’t happen. For whatever reasons, parts of your personality can develop in ways that make it difficult for you to live with yourself and/or with other people.
These poorly adjusted traits, although they are part of who you are, just go on making life difficult for you – and often for other people as well.
Sometimes, your family or friends would have noticed these traits from your childhood and early teens. For example, you may find it difficult to:
- make or keep close relationships
- get on with people at work
- get on with friends and family
- keep out of trouble
- control your feelings or behaviour
- listen to other people
If the above makes you unhappy or distressed, or you are often upset and even harm yourself or other people, then you may have a personality disorder.
Personality disorder makes your life more difficult, and you are more likely to have other mental health problems such as depression or drug and alcohol problems.
Recent research and encouraging results of modern treatment, make it clear that mental health services can and should help people with personality disorders.
There are several different types of personality disorders, such as Borderline Personality Disorders and other types. An evidence based treatment plan involving an individualised treatment programme is crucial.
Don’t allow this problem to make your life difficult and suffer unnecessarily. Contact us to match an expert who will undertake a detailed assessment of your symptoms, build a customised treatment plan, and provide ongoing support throughout.