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Personality Disorders

What are personality disorders? 

Personality disorders are a group of mental health illnesses where the way a person feels, thinks and behaves significantly and unhealthily differs from the average person. These conditions can negatively affect the way one perceives things and relates to other people, which then create difficulties in relationships, social activities, school and work. 

In many cases, people who suffer from such mental illnesses may not realize they have it because their way of thinking and behaviours seem natural to them. They also may believe that others are the cause of their problems.

Personality disorders are grouped into three different clusters based on the similarities of the disorder's characteristics or symptoms.

Cluster A

Someone with a personality disorder from Cluster A usually thinks and behaves in ways that others may see as eccentric or highly unusual. Others might describe them as “living in their own imaginary world”. 

Examples:

  • Paranoid Personality Disorder

  • Schizoid Personality Disorder 

  • Schizotypal Personality Disorder

Cluster B

People with personality disorders from Cluster B often struggle to manage their feelings and emotions. They usually have intense emotions that swings from positive (e.g. elated) to negative (e.g. rage) frequently. Others may describe them as overly emotional, unpredictable or dramatic.

 

Examples:

  • Antisocial Personality Disorder

  • Borderline Personality Disorder

  • Histrionic Personality Disorder

  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Cluster C

People with personality disorders from Cluster C have intense anxiety and fear. These overwhelming and persistent feelings leads them to be more antisocial and withdrawn from others even though they may wish to be close to others.

 

Examples:

  • Avoidant Personality Disorder

  • Dependent Personality Disorder 

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

 

If you feel that you are suffering a personality disorder, do not hesitate to reach out to a professional. Don’t be discouraged. With treatment, and sometimes medicine, you can begin your healing journey and learn to live a healthier and more satisfying life. Restoring Peace provides counselling and psychotherapy services that can help you address these issues and difficulties. Find out more about our founder and our team who will work together with you on your road to recovery.

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