Most People Have No Idea They Have a Personality Disorder

An estimated 6.1% of the world has a personality disorder, only counting reported cases. Most people that have them, don’t know that they do. Their way of thinking is completely normal to them, causing them to blame all of their problems on other people. It can cause them to have trouble relating to both people and situations. This makes problems and limitations to arise in social activities, work, school, and relationships. Personality disorders cause the recipient to have a rigid, unhealthy thinking patterns, functioning, and behaviors.

They are classified in three clusters: A, B, and C.

Cluster A includes Paranoid Personality Disorder, Schizoid Personality Disorder, and Schizotypal Personality Disorder. People with PPD distrust others, have unjustified belief that others are trying to harm them, be suspicious of loyalty and trustworthiness, and see innocent remarks or non threatening situations as personal attacks (angry and hostile response). People with Schizoid PD lack interest in social or personal relationships, have a limited range of emotional expression, be unable to take pleasure in most activities, and appear indifferent to others.

People with Schizotypal PD have flat emotions or inappropriate emotional responses, social anxiety, lack of comfort with close relationships, indifferent response to others, think they can influence people or events with thoughts, and believe that casual things have a special message for them.

Cluster B includes Antisocial Personality Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Histrionic Personality Disorder, and Narcissistic Personality Disorder. People with APD have a disregard for others needs or feelings, persistently lie, repeat violations of the rights of others, be aggressive, have a disregard of safety of themselves and others, and have impulsive behavior and have a lack of remorse for it.

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People with BPD tend to have impulsive behavior, be unstable, have unstable relationships, experience up and down moods, have suicidal behavior and the intense fear of being abandoned and alone, feelings of emptiness, intense displays of anger, and stress-related paranoia that comes and goes. People with HPD constantly seek attention, speak dramatically of strong opinions with few facts to back them up, be easily influenced by others, have rapid emotional changes, be excessive about physical appearance, and think that relationships with others are closer than they really are. People with NPD have the belief that they’re special and more important than others, have fantasies about power and success, have failure to recognize others’ needs and feelings, expect constant praise and admiration, be arrogant, have high expectations of favors and advantages, take advantage of others, and have envy of others or belief that others envy them.

Cluster C includes Avoidant Personality Disorder, Dependent Personality Disorder, and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder. People with APD are sensitive to criticism and rejection, feel inadequate and inferior, avoid work activities that require personal contact, socially timid isolated, avoid new activities or meeting strangers, extremely shy in social situations and relationships, and have the fear of disapproval and embarrassment. People with DPD excessively feel the need to be taken care of, have submissive or clingy behavior toward others, have the fear of having to fend for themselves, have a lack of self-confidence, require excessive reassurance from others, start projects on their own due to lack of self-confidence, have difficulty disagreeing with others, fear disapproval, have tolerance of poor or abusive treatment, and feel the need to start a new relationship when a close one ends. People with OCPD get preoccupied with details and rules, are perfectionists (resulting in dysfunction and distress), desire to be in control of people, tasks and situations, commit to work in an excessive way, hoard, are rigid and stubborn, are inflexible about morality and values, and have tight control over budgeting and spending money.

There are many different types of personality disorders. Each one has its own symptoms. Each one is different. People all over the world have them, yet some of them don’t know. People, as a whole, need to bring awareness to these disorders so that the people that have them can get the help that they need.

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