Personality disorders cause rigid and unhealthy patterns of thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. They affect how a person perceives and relates to situations and people. This impacts how they form and maintain relationships with family, friends, and intimate partners. People with these disorders tend to repeat patterns in their relationships, which are often volatile, confusing, and difficult. Some disorders cause people to avoid relationships altogether.
FACTS ABOUT PERSONALITY DISORDERS
- Personality disorders typically develop during adolescence and young adulthood.
- They can be very disruptive to daily functioning and difficult for others to recognize as a disorder rather than a character flaw.
- Up to 10% of people with Borderline Personality Disorder die by suicide.
- People experiencing a personality disorder are often blamed, shamed, and judged by others. It is very important to remember that a person with a personality disorder is suffering greatly.
- There are effective treatments for those suffering from a personality disorder. Left untreated, personality disorders, particularly borderline personality disorder, can be fatal.
- There are a variety of personality disorder types that fall into “clusters.” Clusters are classified by an overarching worldview and set of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
- Each personality disorder type has signs specific to it.
- For helping purposes, it is much less important that you understand the specifics of the subsets of personality disorders than that you can recognize these signs as being signals that someone may need help.