Mental health disorders can include disorders such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorders and often affect millions of Australians each year
It is important to understand that by having a ‘personality disorder,’ there is nothing inherently wrong with your personality. Rather, it refers to difficulties and patterns of thinking that you and many others share in common due to extreme emotions, behaviour, and relationships. Being diagnosed with a personality disorder will be as a result of these emotions and actions causing problems in day to day life.
Problems may include, but are not limited to:
- Difficulties participating in social events.
- Inappropriate emotional responses.
- Difficulties making and maintaining relationships.
- Being unable to control impulses and irrational thoughts.
- Having extreme opinions of yourself.
- Self-harm and Suicidal tendencies.
Signs and Symptoms
Personality disorders come in many different shapes and forms, and the symptoms and signs are not necessarily mutually exclusive to each other. There are three categories of personality disorder, cluster A, B, and C:
- Cluster A disorders are typically marked by eccentric behaviour, and can be associated with obsessions, paranoia and unusual beliefs.
- Cluster B disorders usually have dramatic and emotional behaviours, and can be seen in those who have difficulty maintaining positive and meaningful relationships, and can act impulsively and irrationally.
- Cluster C disorders are determined by anxious and fearful behaviour, and those with them are highly avoidant or highly dependant on relationships with others.