Therapists specialising in Personality Disorders

Personality Disorders

People who suffer from personality disorders, experience instability with theirs, a lack of control over impulses and episodes of anger. In general, they may feel isolated and distrustful and often have difficulty forming friendships or have turbulent relationships. Personality disorders is a mental health condition, which is fairly uncommon, where the person has behaviour and thought which are inflexible and unhealthy and which can become long-term patterns.

Personality disorders include paranoid, schizoid, schizotypal, antisocial, borderline, histrionic, narcissistic, avoidant, dependent, and obsessive-compulsive. Individuals suffering from personality disorders experience differing symptoms and levels of severity. While some people experience severe symptoms others who on have mild symptoms may not realise they have a personality disorder because they believe they act and think normally.

The exact causes of personality disorders are unknown, however it is believed to be related to genetic and environmental factors. Seeing a qualified therapist is a crucial part of treatment in order for the person suffering with a personality disorder to explore and understand their condition.

Individuals with a personality disorder think, feels, behaves or relates to others very differently from the average person. There are a variety of symptoms depending on the type of personality disorder.

Borderline personality disorder (BPD)

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is most commonly seen and individuals tend to have disturbed ways of thinking, impulsive behaviour and problems controlling their emotions. Often their relationships are intense and suffer instability with anxiety related to abandonment. Symptoms of BPD fall into these main areas: lack of emotional stability (“affective dysregulation”), thought patterns or perceptions which are disturbed (“cognitive distortions” or “perceptual distortions”) and impulsive behavior, intensity and instability in relationships with others. Symptoms may be mild to severe and may become apparent during adolescence and continue into adulthood. Traumatic events during childhood may be with BPD development.

Antisocial personality disorder

Antisocial personality disorder is seen when an individual will is easily frustrated and may be unable to control their anger. Blaming other people and being aggressive and violent is common.

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