Personality Disorders

Personality Disorders

When negative behavior has an effect on a person's overall life, it may be a sign of one of many different personality disorders. The symptoms will vary quite a bit depending on the exact disorder that is present, but in general they center around bad behavior that affects a person socially and in other ways in their life. While the exact causes are not known, various psychological factors are thought to play a role in whether people have trouble with personality disorders. Here at, we offer online therapy that can help. Before learning more about that, here is some other information on personality disorders, including what causes them and the symptoms that may appear.

Types of Personality Disorders

These are the main types of personality disorders that may appear, including a little bit about them.

  • Paranoid Personality Disorder - When a person is very distrustful and suspicious of others.
  • Schizoid Personality Disorder - Causes a lifelong indifference to others and social isolation. 
  • Schizotypal Personality Disorder - Causes a person to exhibit odd behavior that has an effect on their social life and ability for healthy interpersonal relationships. 
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder - When a person to exploits, manipulate, and violate the rights of others.
  • Borderline Personality Disorder - Unstable moods as well as problems with relationships. 
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder - Someone who acts dramatic in order to receive attention. 
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder - A person who has an inflated sense of self-importance that has a negative impact on their life socially. 
  • Avoidant Personality Disorder - When a person exhibits shyness, thoughts of inadequacy, and too much sensitivity to rejection. 
  • Dependent Personality Disorder - Causes a person to depend too much on other people for physical and emotional needs. 
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder - A preoccupation with control, rules, and orderliness that leads to problems with interpersonal relationships.
  • Unspecified Personality Disorder - When a person exhibits symptoms of several personality disorders at the same time. 
  • Enduring Personality Change - When personality changes due to psychiatric conditions last for more than two years.

Causes of Personality Disorders

While hereditary factors may play a small role in these disorders appearing, most people who are affected by them were abused physically or sexually during childhood. In some people, the past trauma can cause psychological issues that increase the chances of a personality disorder developing.  Most people diagnosed with a personality disorder also have other psychological problems present, which may point to a relationship between the two. Whatever the exact cause, there are many symptoms that may appear.

Symptoms and Dangers of Personality Disorders 

As mentioned, the symptoms of personality disorders vary quite a bit, but they generally revolve around behavior that has a serious negative impact on a person's life. For some people, it may be internal emotional problems like boredom or feelings of emptiness. For others, the symptoms may show themselves as outward negative behavior that can result in trouble with law enforcement. If not treated, other mental illnesses - like substance abuse - may develop. Depression is another risk when a personality disorder is not treated properly with psychotherapy. This is why getting treatment for personality disorders is so important when the symptoms appear.

Treatment for Personality Disorders 

Here at, we understand that people are hesitant to ask for help with personality disorders for a wide variety of reasons. This is why you can find therapists offering online therapy which makes it easier to get the help and assistance that's needed. From dealing with the symptoms of these disorders to learning methods to deal with the possible causes, the online therapists on are trained to help with these types of problems. For some, this makes all the difference in treatment for personality disorders.

Definition of Personality Disorders

Personality disorders cause chronic, negative behavior patterns that can result in serious problems with relationships and work. Psychotherapy is recommended for treatment of personality disorders.

Symptoms of / Reasons for Personality Disorders

  • Feelings of emptiness
  • Avoidance of personal responsibility
  • Constantly blaming failure on others
  • Lack of guilt or remorse
  • Fights, lies, and steals often
  • Self-injury
  • Anti-social behavior
  • Self-centeredness

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