Personality disorders are more common than people may think. Around one in every twenty people are thought to have a personality disorder.
We all have a collection of traits and characteristics that make up our personality. We develop these throughout our early life and they determine how we think, feel and interact with others and the world around us. For some individuals our personality can make it difficult for us to live with ourselves, and / or other people. Other people may notice characteristics from childhood and our teenage years.
People who have a personality disorder 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 feelings or behaviours
- Listen to other people
There are different types of personality disorder and treatment, the management of which requires specialist treatment and care.