Learn more about the diagnoses and treatments for personality disorders, such as borderline personality and narcissistic personality.
Personality disorders: symptoms, diagnosis, causes
Every personality disorder has its unique symptoms and behaviours. Someone may display some of these traits but not have a personality disorder diagnosis.
Treatment for personality disorders
The first step towards getting support and treatment for a personality disorder is speaking with a mental health professional.
Personality disorders: an overview
Personality disorder refers to a long-term pattern of thinking and behaviour that causes distress, making it difficult to function in everyday life.
Avoidant personality disorder
People with avoidant personality disorder appear shy and timid. They avoid people and situations because they fear negative judgement by others.
Histrionic personality disorder
People with histrionic personality disorder can seem highly dramatic and approval seeking, with a desire to be the centre of attention.
Antisocial personality disorder
People with antisocial personality disorder are sometimes called 'psychopaths'. They tend to disregard the law or other people’s rights.
Dissociative identity disorder
Dissociative identity disorder, also known as multiple personality disorder, can cause people to feel as though they have two distinct personalities.
Causes of paranoia
Whilst paranoia may be caused by a mental disorder, it can also be triggered by recreational drug use, neurological diseases, severe trauma or stress.
Mental health conditions
Mental health conditions broadly refers to many conditions, including mood disorders, eating disorders and anxiety conditions.