Personality disorders are conditions of people’s basic character – so there is no ‘normal functioning’ to return to. The disordered personality become normal way of functioning, and appropriate treatment means learning entirely new ways of living.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF PERSONALITY DISORDERS:
The thoughts, feelings and behaviors that characterize personality disorders are:
People with personality disorders usually don’t realize they have a problem. They think or experience themselves as normal and often feel that the people they interact with are the ones with the problems.
TYPES OF PERSONALITY DISORDERS:
People with odd and strange behavior
People who dramatize
People who are anxious, fearful or avoidant
The disorders within each type of personality may share some common behavior, they may also have characters of other personality types.
COURSE OF PERSONALITY DISORDER:
Personality disorder might be longstanding – i.e. begin at a relatively early age or chronic – i.e. continue over time or pervasive – i.e. occur across most contexts.