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            Personality Disorders

Personality disorders are mental health conditions that include a consistent pattern of disruptive thinking, behaviors, and mood that significantly affects interpersonal relationships. These disorders can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, environment, and life experiences. Treatment for personality disorders usually involves psychotherapy, but medication management can be used to help with certain symptoms. It is important to note that personality disorders are different from other mental health conditions, and specialized treatment could be necessary to ensure that effective care is provided.

  • Borderline Personality Disorder-  This is a pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self image, and impulsivity beginning at early adulthood with the following symptoms: 

    • Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment 

    • A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships alternating between extreme romanticism and devaluation 

    • Unstable or negative self-image

    • Impulsivity such as spending sprees, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, or binge eating

    • Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, self injurious behavior or threats

    • Chronic feeling of emptiness

    • Inappropriate anger or irritability, difficulty controlling anger, or consistently getting into physical fights

    • Stress related paranoia or severe dissociative symptoms 

  • Histrionic Personality Disorder-  A consistent pattern of excessive emotions and attention seeking beginning at early adulthood occurring in several circumstances with the following symptoms:

    • Uncomfortable in situations where you are not the center of attention

    • Interactions with others are usually characterized by inappropriate sexually sedative or provocative behavior

    • Rapidly shifting and shallow expression of emotion

    • Consistently uses physical appearance to draw attention to self 

    • Uses speech that is impressionistic and lacks detail 

    • Shows exaggeration of emotion

    • Is easily influenced by others

    • Considers relationships more intimate than they actually are

  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder-  A pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and lack of empathy starting in early adulthood with the following symptoms:​

    • Exaggerates achievements and expects to be recognized as superior

    • Is preoccipied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love

    • Believes that they are special and unique  and can only be understood by or associated with other high status people

    • Requires excessive admiration

    • Has a sense of entitlement 

    • Takes advantage of others of achieve their own ends

    • Lacks empathy  or is unwilling to recognize the feelings of others

    • Is often envious of others or thinks others are envious of them

    • Shows arrogant behavior or attitudes

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