Someone who has a personality disorder tends to feel, think, relate or behave differently to what we would call “average” people. Someone with a personality disorder could have difficulty controlling their emotions. they could also have a disturbed way of thinking. Their relationships might be unstable, and they could suffer from depression and/or substance misuse. 

There are different types of personality disorders, and there is support and treatments available.

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Different Types of Personality Disorders

There are many different types of personality disorders:

  • Antisocial personality disorder – People with this personality disorder can be manipulative or fail to have any remorse for treating people badly. They may steal, lie, or abuse drugs or alcohol.
  • Avoidant personality disorder – Feelings of inferiority, inadequacy, or unattractiveness are experienced. 
  • Borderline personality disorder – Those with this disorder could feel abandoned even if they have support. They may often feel paranoid and engage in impulsive and risky behaviour. 
  • Dependent personality disorder – Depending heavily on others and avoiding being alone is typical of someone with this personality disorder. They may also tolerate abuse, and they may need reassurance if they need to make decisions. 
  • Histrionic personality disorder – This type of disorder can cause someone to get as much attention as possible. They could be provocative and sensitive to disapproval or criticism. 

  • Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder – People with this personality disorder can feel overwhelmed with a need for order. They may feel bad if they don’t achieve perfectionism. They can also neglect relationships so they can focus on making something perfect. 
  • Narcissistic personality disorder – People tend to feel more important than others and they can brag about how successful or attractive they are. They lack empathy but need to be admired. 
  • Paranoid personality disorder – Being distrustful of people and suspicious of others while holding grudges is an example of this type of personality disorder.
  • Schizoid personality disorder – There might be little interest in social interactions or having relationships. They can also seem emotionally cold. 
  • Schizotypal personality disorder – Those with this type of personality disorder believe they can influence events and people with their thoughts. They avoid having an intimate relationship with anyone, and they can misinterpret other people’s behaviours. 

The Symptoms of Personality Disorders 

The symptoms of personality disorders tend to differ between people. This can depend on which type of personality disorder they have. For example, someone with borderline personality disorder could be quite impulsive. Those with antisocial personality disorder could find it hard to control their anger.

Personality disorders tend to appear during the teenage years or in early adulthood.  You can find more information about personality disorders on this website.

The Cause of Personality Disorders 

The health world is not sure what can cause a personality disorder. However, they are thought to be caused by environmental factors experienced as a child and by genetics. 

Treatment

Treatments are available and tend to revolve around talking therapies. This type of therapy involves the individual talking to a therapist so they can gain a better sense of their feelings, thoughts, and behaviours. 

The therapist night also identify ways to help resolve any problems. They can also encourage the patient to change their behaviour and attitudes. 

Whether you are looking for help with mental health in Brayton or Selby, you are not alone. 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk