What are personality disorders?

Our personalities are made up of our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. They shape the way we view the world, ourselves and the way we relate to others. Everyone is different and it’s our personality which helps to make us who we are.

Everybody has feelings of jealousy or wanting to be loved, but when these emotions become difficult to manage it can cause problems. When personality traits start to cause long-lasting problems in your life, it could mean you have a personality disorder.

Personality disorders affect how you cope with life, relationships and emotions. Your belief system or way of dealing with day-to-day life may be different to others, and you may find it difficult to change patterns of negative behaviour. Emotions can be confusing, tiring and hard to control which can be distressing for you and those around you.

Personality disorders are more common than you might think. Around 1 in 20 people live with some form of personality disorder. But a lot of people learn to manage their symptoms well.

Because personality disorders can be distressing, they can also lead to other mental health problems like anxiety or depression.

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