Your personality — the unique ways you think, feel, and behave — arises from a combination of your experiences, environment, and genetics. Once your personality develops, it generally stays the same.
Personality disorders occur in late adolescence and early adulthood, when you have changes in personality and develop dysfunctional feelings and behaviors. These changes affect the way you think about yourself, alter your emotional responses, and cause problems in the way you interact with people.
If you have a personality disorder, you may:
This list isn’t comprehensive. There are many different types of personality disorders, and each one has additional symptoms.
The different types of personality disorders are categorized into three groups that share similar features:
Cluster A personality disorders are characterized by odd or eccentric thinking or behavior. This group includes:
Cluster B personality disorders are set apart for their emotional, dramatic, or unpredictable behaviors and ways of thinking. This group includes:
Cluster C personality disorders are characterized by fearful or anxious behaviors and thoughts. This group includes:
Each personality disorder is further defined by an in-depth list of additional symptoms.
Though personality disorders are complex, the team at High Desert Psychological Services can diagnose your disorder and help you overcome your challenges with individualized psychotherapy.
A few types of therapy that effectively treat personality disorders include:
With targeted therapy, you can learn about your personality disorder and get insight into what influences your symptoms. Then your therapist helps you learn to manage your thoughts and feelings and control dysfunctional behaviors.
To learn more about how you can overcome a personality disorder, call High Desert Psychological Services, or request an appointment online today.