How Common Are Personality Disorders and Who’s at Risk?

If you aren’t familiar with personality disorders, you might be interested to know what a personality disorder really is and who might be at risk. 

So, what is meant by, “personality?”

When defining personality, it can be helpful to think of the behavior styles, the set of traits, or the patterns that make individuals unique in character. Every person perceives the world differently, their attitudes, temperament, thoughts, and feelings all make up their personalities. For many healthy people, it can be hard to conceptualize that for others, managing stress and forming relationships don’t come naturally. 

What is a Personality Disorder then?

For those people who are unable to cope with stress and find great difficulty in interacting with other people, we use the term personality disorder. Some of the characteristics that people with personality disorders exhibit are rigidness, inflexibility, they find that they can’t cope with the changes that come over their day to day lives. People who suffer from personality disorders are especially known for their very narrow views, as if they have tunnel vision on anything they have a thought or opinion on, they simply see themselves as right and find it difficult to deal with others who may have varying opinions. 

Who’s at risk for a personality disorder?

While most experts agree that there’s no one deciding factor on the development of personality disorders, they tend to believe that early childhood experiences can have a significant influence on such disorders. With the classic nature vs. nurture debate, it can also be argued that some people are genetically predisposed to such disorders. More often than not, it is a unique combination of genetic disposition and environmental influences that can lead to the onset and development of these disorders. 

If you feel that you or someone you love may be struggling with a personality disorder or related issues, we strongly urge you to seek help from a qualified professional. 

N.D. "Personality Disorder". Mental Health America. (Website). 2016

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  • Personality refers as a unique attributes, behaviour styles, and patterns that make up our character or individuality. Our way of thinking, behaviour towards others, basic nature are the part of our personality. The person with good personality can cope up with any situation or stress and able to maintain healthy relationships. The one who face difficult to interact with others or to cope with the depressed situations and unable to respond to the changes and demands of life is mainly suffering from personality disorder. At severe conditions it is referred as mental illness. The people with this illness are inflexible, rigid and get stressed in any little disturbed situations.
    There are no particular causes of personality disorder.Personality disorders are usually recognizable by adolescence or
    earlier, continue throughout adulthood, and become less obvious
    throughout middle age.
    The one who faces following conditions is at risk:
    • Abusive, unstable or chaotic family life during childhood
    • Being diagnosed with childhood conduct disorder
    • Variations in brain chemistry and structure
    • Family history of personality disorders or other mental illness.
    • less social interaction; have problem of social anxiety.
    • Loss of parents through death or traumatic divorce during childhood
    The one who suffer from all these problems may be at risk. He/she should seek help as soon as possible. Good luck.

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