Sunday, 6 May 2012
There is more than one type but all include an inability to live within the constraints and demands of society. Many have had emotional problems in childhood. The various types of personality disorders are characterized by their predominant symptoms. The abnormal behaviors result in trouble with relationships, work and the law. Individuals suffering with these conditions feel their behavior is normal and only a few ever seek psychiatric help.
Symptoms vary widely depending on the specific type of personality disorder but may include: frequent mood swings, stormy relationships, social isolation, angry outbursts, suspicion and mistrust of others, difficulty making friends, a need for instant gratification, poor impulse control, alcohol or substance abuse.
Treatment consists of medications, psychotherapy, and or hospitalizations. Medications that are used include: antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, mood stabilizers, and anti-psychotics.
The diagnosis is based on a psychological evaluation and the history and severity of the symptoms.