We have all heard the term before. “Personality Disorders” is a term that is loaded with stereotypes and false imagery of what it a personality disorder looks like. While a stereotypes are built on nuggets of truth one needs to look into Personality Disorders on a deeper level to truly understand the depth of the issue.
The first and one of the most important thing to understand about personality disorders is that there is no one blanket condition. In fact there are 11 main forms of personality disorders according to Psych Central.
- Antisocial Personality Disorder
- Avoidant Personality Disorder
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Dependent Personality Disorder
- Multiple Personality Disorder
- Narcissistic Personality Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
- Paranoid Personality Disorder
- Schizoid Personality Disorder
- Schizotypal Personality Disorder
In fact because there are so many personality disorders a person may exhibit traits of multiple disorders. That is why it is important for a professional to e the one the gives out a diagnosis.
The second important thing to know about personality traits is that they are not fleeting once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Instead, professionals see it “as an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the culture of the individual who exhibits it” (Psych Central). These patterns that people exhibit are seen across many situations. In order to clinically diagnosed with a personality disorder rather another disorder, one needs to have a behavioral pattern must cause significant distress or impairment in personal, social, and/or occupational situations.
In the coming posts I will go over three personality disorders: borderline personality disorder, paranoid personality disorder, and antisocial personality disorder. Enjoy the following posts as we tackle personality disorders.
~Be mindful of the mind