In mental health, the word ‘personality’ refers to the collection of characteristics or traits that we have developed as we have grown up and which make each of us an individual.
These include the ways that we:
By our late teens, or early 20s, most of us have developed our own personality. We have our own ways of thinking, feeling and behaving. These stay pretty much the same for the rest of our life. Usually, our personality allows us to get on reasonably well with other people.
For some of us, this doesn’t happen. For whatever reason, parts of your personality can develop in ways that make it difficult for you to live with yourself and/or with other people. You don’t seem to be able to learn from the things that happen to you.
You find that you can’t change the bits of your personality (traits) that cause the problems. These traits, although they are part of who you are, just go on making life difficult for you – and often for other people as well.
Other people will often have noticed these traits from your childhood and early teens.
For example, you may find it difficult to:
- Make or Keep Close Relationships
- Get on with People At Work
- Get on with Friends And Family
- Keep out of Trouble
- Control Your Feelings or Behavior
- Listen To Other People
If this makes you Unhappy or distressed and/or Often upset or harm other people then you may have a Personality Disorder.
Life is more difficult if you have a personality disorder, so you are more likely to have other mental health problems such as depression or drug and alcohol problems.
Consult psychiatrist for living better healthy life.
With help, many people with personality disorder can start to lead a normal and fulfilling life. Most can, at least, cope more effectively with their difficulties.
Treatment for people with personality disorders can be psychological (talking therapies) and/or physical (medication).