Phone: 800-333-6228
TT/TTY: 800-745-5555

LifeWatch Employee Assistance Program
TT/TTY 1-800-745-5555

powered by centersite dot net
Personality Disorders
Basic Information

Personality disorders are pervasive chronic psychological disorders, which can greatly affect a person's life. Having a personality disorder can negatively affect one's work, one's family, and one's social life. Personality disorders exists on a continuum so they can be mild to more severe in terms of how pervasive and to what extent a person exhibits the features of a particular personality disorder. While most people can live pretty normal lives with mild personality disorders (or more simply, personality traits), during times of increased stress or external pressures (work, family, a new relationship, etc.), the symptoms of the personality disorder will gain strength and begin to seriously interfere with their emotional and psychological functioning.


Those with a personality disorder possess several distinct psychological features including disturbances in self-image; ability to have successful interpersonal relationships; appropriateness of range of emotion, ways of perceiving themselves, others, and the world; and difficulty possessing proper impulse control. These disturbances come together to create a pervasive pattern of behavior and inner experience that is quite different from the norms of the individual's culture and that often tend to be expressed in behaviors that appear more dramatic than what society considers usual. Therefore, those with a personality disorder often experience conflicts with other people and vice-versa. There are ten ...

Latest News
Questions and Answers
Ask a Question...
Help with a Histrionic Friend
Silent Treatment
Are Personality Disorders For Life?
My Husband is Too Affectionate
Delusional and Morbid Jealousy?
Anxiety Disorder vs. Personality Disorder: Differences?
Anger Driven Down Wrong Road
Bipolar Woman with Secret Lives
Would Medication Help?
Sociopath or Sociopath-like Product of My Environment?
Diet and anxiety
My boyfriend is a Sociopath
Im so is BPD or Bipolar?
Save my marriage!
Why is my mom following me around to take over my life?
What is Neuroticism?
Anti social with accepting girlfriend
Does my husband have a personality disorder?
Is it possible to stop being an attention seeker?
Are all personality disorders the results of poor parenting?
Boyfriend with APD - frustrated - Nelly - Jul 21st 2008
I'm overemotional! What's wrong with me?
Identity Confusion: I don't know what personality disorders I have
My partner of 6 years suddenly left with no explanation and has completely shut me and my kids out- Elise
Is Borderline Personality Disorder a Choice?
Can he be changed?
I don't know who my true self is!
Self-Injury / Self-Harm: How do I stop cutting myself?
What Are Some Coping Skills for Paranoia?
Ritual Penance and Feelings of Worthlessness
Is she mentally ill and is there anything i can do?
Please explain how it is that psychopaths can manipulate people if they have no empathy
A Friend in Need
Three different personality disorders
Mild Personality Disorder
My OCPD husband can't tolerate my 'flaws'
I think i'm lost?
Possible borderline?
Very confusing relationship
Coping with Narcissistic Behavior
What is wrong with me?
No Friends
I want a personality disorder
Borderline Girlfriend
Habitual Liar? Or Something Worse?
Possible Munchausen Syndrome
I choose victims to comfort me
A Habitual Liar's Lament
Protecting Children From Their Grandmother
I Don't Have Any Idea What To Say
Craving Attention
Obsessive Research Assistant
Dissociative Identity Problem
Getting Along With Narcissistic Relatives
Dysfunctional Family
How To Treat Avoidant Personality
Personality Disordered Grandmother
Schizoid(?) Friend
Lying Friend
More Than One Personality Disorder?
Pathological Lying
Book Reviews
Basic InformationMore InformationLatest NewsQuestions and AnswersLinksBook Reviews
Related Topics

Mental Disorders