Personality Disorders

Your personality is the way you usually think, feel, and respond in certain situations. Whether it’s stress at work, being made fun of, accomplishing a goal, or discussing the weather, we generally think, feel, and respond to these events in consistent ways. When these patterns cause problems in everyday life, especially when interacting with other people, then a person may have a psychological problem called a Personality Disorder.

Personality Disorders are long-lasting problems that a person has experienced almost his or her entire life, usually beginning in adolescence or early adulthood. Personality Disorders affect about 10% to 13% of people.

General characteristics of these problems include:

  • Inability to successfully adapt to situations or think about them differently
  • Difficulty with self-control
  • Actions that almost always cause distress for themselves or others
  • Not thinking bad behaviors are a problem to themselves or the people in their lives
  • Ways of thinking and acting that are generally very different from what is expected

Below are some specific symptoms of different Personality Disorders.

Paranoid Personality Disorder

Paranoid Personality Disorder affects 0.5% to 2.5% of people and more males than females.The symptoms include:

  • Distrust and suspiciousness of other people, even friends
  • Believing other people are out to get them, hurt them, or take advantage of them
  • Not confiding in others
  • Reading into things as bad that most other people would consider harmless
  • Holding grudges
  • Quickly reacting with anger
  • Believing people try to ruin their reputation
  • Thinking that their partner is having an affair without any proof

Schizoid Personality Disorder

Schizoid Personality Disorder is experienced by less than 2% of people and more males than females.Below are some symptoms:

  • Not wanting to have social relationships or not enjoying them
  • Only confiding in relatives
  • Having few friends
  • Little or no interest in sexual activity
  • Indifference to praise or criticism
  • Seeming cold and distant from others or having trouble expressing feelings
  • Preferring to be alone or doing things by themselves

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