Avoidant Personality Disorder (AVPD) is characterized by three primary elements: social inhibition and awkwardness, feelings of inadequacy, and a great fear that others have a negative view of them. Symptoms In addition to the traits above, individuals with this disorder will also identify with at least four of the following: avoids occupational activities that requireContinue reading “What is Avoidant Personality Disorder?”
“Narcissist” became a popular word in recent years. But what does it really mean? Symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder Individuals with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) have a grandiose self-image, an unquenchable need for admiration, and lack empathy. In addition to these basic characteristics, they will also identify with at least five of the following: BelievesContinue reading “What is Narcissistic Personality Disorder?”
Dramatic. Extremely emotional. Attention-seeking. These are characteristic patterns for individuals with Histrionic Personality Disorder. Symptoms of Histrionic Personality Disorder: In addition to excessive emotionality and attention-seeking behavior, at least five of the following symptoms must also exist: Prefers to always be the center of attention and is upset if they are not Tries to drawContinue reading “What is Histrionic Personality Disorder?”
Individuals with Antisocial Personality Disorder disregard and violate the rights of others and they don’t feel remorseful about it. They lack empathy for the pain and suffering of others. You may have heard these individuals referred to as “psychopaths” or “sociopaths.” To be officially diagnosed, the person must be at least 18 years old andContinue reading “What is Antisocial Personality Disorder?”
Schizotypal Personality Disorder is characterized by a long-standing pattern of social isolation, distorted thoughts or sensations, and eccentric behavior. This pattern begins no later than early adulthood, and for many, onset may be as early as childhood. Symptoms of Schizotypal Personality Disorder In order to officially diagnose this personality disorder, the person must demonstrate atContinue reading “What is Schizotypal Personality Disorder?”
Schizoid Personality Disorder is characterized by ongoing detachment, lack of desire for relationships, and a restricted range of emotions. It can be easy to confuse this disorder with other mental health diagnoses with similar names — schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, schizophreniform disorder, or schizotypal personality disorder. All of these have certain symptoms in common, but thisContinue reading “What is Schizoid Personality Disorder?”
What is a personality disorder? This post is the first in a blog series that will help you understand what a personality disorder is and the various types that exist.