Paranoid Personality Disorder

Paranoid Personality Disorder is the name of a Personality Disorder that is characterised by paranoia and a long-standing suspiciousness and mistrust of others. The disorder is part of the ‘Odd and Eccentric’ cluster of personality disorders. People with Paranoid Personality Disorder are typically very sensitive to criticism, believe they are in danger and often withdraw socially. This article provides a general look at this disorder.     A person … Continue reading Paranoid Personality Disorder

Schizoid Personality Disorder

Schizoid Personality Disorder is the name of a Personality Disorder that is characterised by a lack of interest in social relationships, a proclivity for solitary activities, secretiveness, emotional coldness and apathy. The disorder is part of the ‘Odd and Eccentric’ cluster of personality disorders. People with Schizoid Personality Disorder will also usually have a rich fantasy world. The disorder is separate to Schizophrenia, though the two do … Continue reading Schizoid Personality Disorder

Schizotypal Personality Disorder

Schizotypal Personality Disorder is the name of a Personality Disorder that is characterised by extreme social anxiety, disturbed thoughts, paranoia, and sometimes elements of Psychosis and subsequent unconventional beliefs.The disorder is part of the ‘Odd and Eccentric’ cluster of personality disorders. People with Schizotypal Personality Disorder rarely engage with others, mainly because they think others have negative feelings towards them – causing them to avoid them. Individuals … Continue reading Schizotypal Personality Disorder

Antisocial Personality Disorder

Antisocial Personality Disorder is the name of a Personality Disorder that is characterised by a long term pattern of disregard of others, a history of crime, impulsive and aggressive behaviour. The disorder is part of the ‘Dramatic, Emotional and Erratic’ cluster of personality disorders. Antisocial personality disorder is often associated with psychopathy and sociopathy – with an overlap exhibited. This article provides a general look at this … Continue reading Antisocial Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder is the name of a Personality Disorder that is characterised by unstable relationships with others, unstable emotions, dangerous behaviour, self-harm and an intense fear of abandonment. The disorder is part of the ‘Dramatic, Emotional and Erratic’ cluster of personality disorders. People with Borderline Personality Disorder also often suffer from substance abuse or Depression, and there are some worrying suicide statistics when it comes to … Continue reading Borderline Personality Disorder

Histrionic Personality Disorder

Histrionic Personality Disorder is the name of a Personality Disorder that is characterised by a long-term pattern of excessive attention–seeking, inappropriately seductive behaviour and a constant need for approval. The disorder is part of the ‘Dramatic, Emotional and Erratic’ cluster of personality disorders. People with Histrionic Personality Disorder are typically very lively, dramatic and flirtatious. This article provides a general look at this disorder.     A person with … Continue reading Histrionic Personality Disorder

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Narcissistic Personality Disorder is the name of a Personality Disorder that is characterised by an exaggerated feeling of self-importance, obsession with power, a pervasive need for admiration and complements, alongside exhibiting a lack of empathy. People with the disorder often focus extensively on their appearance and take advantage of others. The disorder is part of the ‘Dramatic, Emotional and Erratic’ cluster of personality disorders. This article provides … Continue reading Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder is the name of a Personality Disorder that is characterised by an extensive and long-lasting pattern of focusing on orderliness, perfectionism, control, planning and excessive attention to detail. These concerns cause problems in openness to experience, efficiency and sometimes, relationships. The disorder is part of the ‘Anxious and Feaful’ cluster of personality disorders. While this disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder share some traits, they … Continue reading Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

Avoidant Personality Disorder

Avoidant Personality Disorder is the name of a Personality Disorder that is characterised by an extensive dependence on other people. The disorder is part of the ‘Anxious and Feaful’ cluster of personality disorders. People with Avoidant Personality Disorder suffer from severe social anxiety, excessive sensitivity to negative comments and avoid social contact due to a fear of being ridiculed or disliked, despite exhibiting a desire for intimacy. … Continue reading Avoidant Personality Disorder

Dependent Personality Disorder

Dependent Personality Disorder is the name of a Personality Disorder that is characterised by an extensive dependence on other people. The disorder is part of the ‘Anxious and Feaful’ cluster of personality disorders. People with Dependent Personality Disorder typically don’t enjoy independence, and are reliant on other people to fulfil emotional and physical needs. The disorder was once known as Asthenic Personality Disorder. This article provides a … Continue reading Dependent Personality Disorder

Personality Disorders

An individual with a Personality Disorder thinks, behaves, feels or relates profoundly differently from the average person. There are ten different personality disorders. These disorders vary considerably, and thus the symptoms of each differ too. There is nothing wrong at all with being different, and there is nothing to suggest that a ‘normal’ personality type exists. However, an individual with a personality disorder will often … Continue reading Personality Disorders