- We all have individual characteristics called personality traits. These affect the way we think, feel and behave.
- You may be described as having a personality disorder if these characteristics cause regular and long-term problems in the way you cope with life, interact with others or respond emotionally.
- There are a number of different types of personality disorders.
- There is no single cause of personality disorder. It is likely to be a combination of reasons, including genetic and psychological causes.
- In the past, personality disorder was often viewed by the mental health services as untreatable. However, this is no longer the case with a number of treatments being found to be effective for personality disorder.
- It is possible to have a personality disorder alongside other mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
This section aims to provide information on what personality disorders are and how they may affect you. It includes information on the different types and causes of personality disorders and the possible treatments. It also looks at the various complications that can arise from having this diagnosis.
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice and Information Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in October 2012. Next review October 2014.
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