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‘Oh, don’t mind her, she’s just got that type of a personality’.
‘Did you see his Personality?’
These are some of the ways in which we use the term personality in our day-to-day lives. With the increasingly aware age of internet and social media, we have started using the term ‘personality disorder’ as well. So what is personality and what are personality disorders really about?
What is Personality
is the Sum of our Pattern of
Let's Take a Case of Melinda
Melinda has to work on a project that will require her to interact with a lot of people on a daily basis and work with a larger team.
She Thinks that it is difficult for her to connect with people
She Feels nervous about taking up the project
She Acts by deciding to not take up the project
Melinda Seems to be an Introvert! This is Melinda's Personality.
All of us behave in certain predictable ways no matter how different the situation is. These set patterns make up our personality.
Our personality don’t change much over time but they do evolve with different experiences and as circumstances change around us.
However we are usually Flexible to let our experiences change us for the good in order to cope with life effectively.
Now Let's come back to the Case of Melinda
On a second Thought, she thinks that The Project A will give her ample opportunities to GROW
She Feels Happy of the things she can conquer and achieve from this project
She Acts by changing her plan and Accepting the Project Offer
Melinda is Still Nervous like a WRECK but she has Adapted for her own good.
ADAPTABILITYhere is the key
And Personality disorders?
Now this aspect of Adaptability is what is Missing when one has a personality disorder.
Patterns of Thinking, feeling and Behaving become more Rigid & Inflexible, even when you want to change
People with personality disorders hold long-term patterns of thoughts and behaviors that are unhealthy and inflexible.
Who suffers from personality disorders?
Although personality disorders have been significantly associated with the Male Gender, the overall prevalence has been seen to be Similar across the genders.
Types of Personality Disorders & Symptoms
is a personality disorder characterized by paranoia and a pervasive, long-standing suspiciousness and generalized mistrust of others.
is a personality disorder characterized by a general pattern of concern with orderliness, perfectionism, excessive attention to details, mental and interpersonal control at the expense of flexibility & openness!
is a personality disorder characterized by Impulsivity – spur of the moment actions, Difficulty in controlling emotions, Difficulty to maintain relationships, Often self harm, like cutting self or suicidal attempts and most Importantly Tendency to cling to damaging relationships as afraid of being alone
is a personality disorder characterized by . Hypersensitivity to criticism and disapproval, expecting it often, .Worrying about rejection. Worrying about being ridiculed or shamed,. Feeling lonely, isolated and inferior to others and always Wanting to be liked and accepted
is a personality disorder characterized by a lack of interest in social relationships, a tendency towards a solitary lifestyle, secretiveness, emotional coldness, and apathy.
is personality disorder characterized by a pattern of excessive attention-seeking emotions, usually beginning in early adulthood, including inappropriately seductive behavior and an excessive need for approval
is a personality disorder that is characterized by a pervasive psychological dependence on other people
is a personality disorder characterized by severe social anxiety, paranoia, and often unconventional beliefs.
is a personality disorder in which a person is excessively preoccupied with personal adequacy, power, prestige and vanity, mentally unable to see the destructive damage they are causing to themselves and often others.
What Causes Personality Disorders?
Adult Life Issues
Impact of Personality Disorders
& On Self..
Management of Personality disorders
we treat personality disorders by
1) Medication – Medications assist with personality disorders and our psychiatrist will help prescribe the best fit for you.
2) Counseling & Therapy – It helps teach you the ways to manage your symptoms and reduce problematic behaviors that are a part of your personality and interfering with your functioning and relationships. The type of psychotherapy required differs based on what type of personality disorder you have.
Some Quick Tips to Manage
Personality disorders do take time to treat as compared to other disorders but they are completely manageable.