Caring for someone with a Personality Disorder

What is a Personality Disorder?

A personality disorder is a medical diagnosis; that may affect the way someone thinks, feels and relates to others.

The most common difficulties are:
  • Being overwhelmed by negative feelings such as distress, anxiety, worthlessness or anger.
  • Avoiding other people
  • Feeling empty and emotionally disconnected
  • Having difficulty managing negative feelings that can sometimes lead to various forms of self-harming (for example, abusing drugs and alcohol, cutting or taking overdoses) or, in rare cases, threatening other people
  • Difficulty maintaining stable and close relationships, especially with partners, children and professional carer’s.
Such changes in the way a person feels and distorted beliefs about other people can lead to unusual behaviour, which can be distressing and may upset other people, such as family, friends and carer’s.

People with personality disorders often have other mental health problems also, such as depression or substance misuse.

Click here to view more detailed information from NHS Choices about Personality Disorder.


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