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Personality disorders

Personality disorders

Symptoms of a personality disorder

A person with a personality disorder thinks, feels, behaves or relates to others very differently from the average person.

For example, a person with borderline personality disorder (one of the most common types) tends to have disturbed ways of thinking, impulsive behaviour and problems controlling their emotions.

They may have intense but unstable relationships and worry about people abandoning them.

A person with antisocial personality disorder will typically get easily frustrated and have difficulty controlling their anger.

They may blame other people for problems in their life, and be aggressive and violent, upsetting others with their behaviour.

If you or someone you know is suffering from Personality disorders and you feel you need someone to talk to. Please contact our helpline on 0808 115 1505 for confidential support.

Treatment Options

Talking therapies

Psychotherapeutic approaches encompass a range of psychological interventions aimed at addressing mental and emotional challenges such as stress, anxiety, and depression. Diverse in nature, these therapies vary in technique but share the common thread of involving a skilled therapist guiding the process. Sessions can take place individually, in a group setting, through online platforms, over the phone, or even with the involvement of family members or partners. The therapist's role is to foster comprehension and provide effective coping strategies for the specific issues you are facing. In tailoring the treatment to each individual's needs, certain talking therapies may be more suitable for particular problems and conditions. Similarly, certain approaches may resonate better with different individuals.


Treatment for personality disorders often involves the prescription of medicine to address various issues like depression, anxiety, or psychotic symptoms. To illustrate, if someone experiences moderate to severe depression, a specific class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) might be recommended. For further information on treatment approaches for borderline personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder, it's advisable to explore in-depth resources.