Do you have a hard time managing stress or dealing with others? Are daily activities and circumstances becoming overwhelming? You could be living with a personality disorder.
A personality disorder is a type of mental health issue that results in an individual struggling to cope with normal life stress. Things that other people seem to manage easily can be debilitating to someone with a personality disorder.
It can wreak havoc on your relationships, your career, and your life. Here’s what you should know if you think you might be living with a personality disorder.
Understanding Personality Disorders
The American Psychiatric Association classifies personality disorders as mental illness. Though there is some stigma attached to that term, there is no shame in the diagnosis. In fact, being diagnosed can lead to treatment that can be life changing.
People with personality disorders often struggle to develop close relationships with friends, family, and co-workers. It can lead to a lack of interest in social activities. It can cause difficulty coping with stress and managing challenging situations.
Something unique to this mental disorder is that most of those who have it are unable to accurately perceive and interpret themselves and their actions or the actions of other people.
They also have trouble with appropriate emotional responses and difficulty dealing with others. Additionally, they often struggle with impulse control.
Classifications for Personality Disorders
There are ten classifications for personality disorders, all different in scope, nature, and impact, but they all affect a person’s ability to function normally in daily life. The four most commonly seen personality disorder classifications include
Counseling for Personality Disorders
The therapists at New Life 360 are experienced with many levels of mental illness. If you suspect you or a loved one has a personality disorder, our therapists will work with you or them in individual sessions to uncover the specific condition and help with learning to cope more effectively with the stress that can trigger the moods, behaviors, thoughts, and feelings that are making life more difficult.