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14. September, 2015|Blog, Uncategorized|No comments

Personality disorder can be difficult to define as the way we behave – and appear with different people – can vary depending on the situation we are in, for example, at work, at home.  Research shows up to 1 in 5 people might have a personality disorder and it can result in depression, drug taking or alcoholic problems.

Those with personality disorder tend to find it difficult to:

  • Make or keep relationships.
  • Get on with people at work.
  • Get on with friends and family.
  • Keep out of trouble.
  • Control feelings or behaviour.
  • Listen to others.

Personality disorder can be caused by upbringing (physical/sexual abuse in childhood, violence in family, parents who drink too much); early problems (severe aggression, disobedience and repeated temper tantrums can be a sign in childhood); triggers (drugs, alcohol, problems with family/partner, money problems, anxiety, depression/other mental health problems, important events, stressful situations).

Those with borderline or emotionally unstable personality disorder can display the following:

  • Impulsiveness.
  • Trouble controlling emotions.
  • Low self esteem.
  • Self-Harm.
  • Make relationships quickly but easily lose them.
  • Paranoia or depression.
  • When stressed, may hear noises or voices.

How can Personality Disorder be treated?

  • Psychological – talking therapies individually and/or in a group.
  • Physical – medication such as antipsychotic drugs, antidepressants, mood stabilisers.
  • Self – unwind when stressed, sleep, eat a balanced diet, avoid too much alcohol, regularly exercise, take up an interest/hobby.

 

 

The views here are the author’s and are intended for general guidance only