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Personality disorder

A personality disorder is a condition that affects how you think, feel, behave or relate to other people.

There are different types of personality disorder with different symptoms. All personality disorders affect how you think, feel and behave.

The main treatment for a personality disorder is talking therapy. Some people also take medicines for related problems like depression.

Read more on the NHS website.

There are different types of personality disorder with different symptoms. All personality disorders affect how you think, feel and behave.

Symptoms of a personality disorder

Symptoms vary depending on the type of personality disorder.

A person with borderline personality disorder (one of the most common types) tends to have disturbed ways of thinking, impulsive behaviour and problems controlling their emotions.

They may have intense but unstable relationships and worry about people abandoning them.

A person with antisocial personality disorder will typically get easily frustrated and have difficulty controlling their anger.

They may blame other people for problems in their life, and be aggressive and violent, upsetting others with their behaviour.

Someone with a personality disorder may also have other mental health problems, such as depression and substance abuse.

Read more on the NHS website.

The main treatment for a personality disorder is talking therapy. Some people also take medicines for related problems like depression.

Medical treatments

Treatment for a personality disorder usually involves a talking therapy. This is where the person talks to a therapist to get a better understanding of their own thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

It will last for at least 3 months, but can often last longer depending on the severity of the condition and other problems the person may have.

As well as listening and discussing important issues with the person, the therapist may identify strategies to resolve problems and, if necessary, help them change their attitudes and behaviour.

Read more on the NHS website.