Personality Disorders

People with personality disorders commonly experience conflict and instability in many aspects of their lives, and most have difficulties with understanding their own roles in their conflicts. Personality disorders fall into three main “clusters” of problems.

Cluster A disorders are characterized by odd or eccentric behaviors. These disorders include paranoid, schizoid and schizotypal personality disorders.

Cluster B problems involve dramatic or highly emotional ways of reacting to people or situations. Cluster B personality disorders are borderline, histrionic, antisocial, and narcissistic.

Cluster C disorders are known as the anxious or fearful personality disorders. They are the avoidant, dependent, and obsessive/compulsive personality disorders.

Personality disorders are persistent. They tend to require long-term therapy and for many, medication. However, with support and proper treatment, people do get significantly better.

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