A type of mental disorder marked by an unhealthy way of thinking, behaving and feeling that deviates from the norm. The initial diagnosis usually happens during the teenage years or early adulthood. 

Types of personality disorders are:

  • Cluster A - paranoid personality disorder, schizoid personality disorder, schizotypal personality disorder
  • Cluster B - antisocial personality disorder (ASPD), borderline personality disorder (BPD), histrionic personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder
  • Cluster C - avoidant personality disorder, dependent personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD)

Triggers - The Causes

  • Genetics and hereditary
  • Environmental factors
  • Trauma or significant event

Symptoms - What it looks like

  • Distrust of others
  • Paranoia
  • Distorted perception of reality
  • Distorted sense of identity

Treatment - The way to healing

  • Each type of personality disorder requires a different form of psychotherapy
  • Medication (antidepressants, mood stabilizers, anti-anxiety, antipsychotics)
  • Short-term and long-term hospital and residential treatment programs
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