Unlike other mental illnesses, Personality Disorders are not the result of a biochemical imbalance. Rather, these disorders emerge as the product of a patient’s flawed perceptions and outlook. Personality disorder sufferers may have difficulty relating to themselves and others; some have difficulty maintaining any relationship for more than a short period of time. The self-defeating thoughts and actions that can signify a Personality Disorder will eventually become apparent to those who suffer from them. When this self-awareness is reached, a healing process can begin.
Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder is characterized by intense fear of abandonment and difficulty maintaining healthy relationships. Other symptoms may include emotional volatility, fits of anger over real or imagined slights, a loss of sense of self, and chronic self-harming behavior including self-mutilation and suicide attempts. Those who suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder may find themselves forming a deep attachment to another person within a matter of days, only to discard the relationship months or years later over a trivial argument. If left untreated, the damaging effects of this disorder can undermine personal fulfillment as well as family and communal bonds.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Sufferers of Narcissistic Personality Disorder often have high expectations of themselves, and they are confident in their ability to achieve success no matter what obstacles come their way. Indeed, it is admirable to cultivate such a mindset when it is balanced with compassion and integrity. Unfortunately, the outlook of those diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder is based on a perceived superiority over others. Narcissistic personalities feel that praise, success, and preferential treatment are due to them because they are more important than others. Such persons are often willing to sacrifice the well-being of themselves and others in order to obtain their desires. When the expected privileges and gifts fail to materialize, those who suffer from this disorder can feel emotionally shattered.
Antisocial Personality Disorder
Antisocial Personality Disorder is a much publicized disorder with symptoms including chronic dishonesty, aggressive and violent behavior, poor impulse control, lack of remorse for wrongdoing, and disregard or contempt for social norms. Despite the frequency with which this disorder is discussed in newspapers and on television, only a mental health professional who specializes in Personality Disorders is competent to make an accurate diagnosis.
If you have been diagnosed with one of the disorders listed above, or another personality disorder, and you are interested in learning more about treatment options, contact our office to set up an appointment today.