Personality disorders can be difficult for some to understand. Someone with a diagnosis of Personality Disorder may feel pleased that they have a diagnosis to help them understand the range of intense and confusing emotions they have felt for a lot of their life, and some feel it is a stigma and they will be seen and treated differently by others.
Here we hope to give a clear view on what personality disorders are and what they are not.
Personality disorders are a type of mental health problem where your attitudes, beliefs and behaviours cause you longstanding problems in your life. Your experience of personality disorder is unique to you. However, you may often experience difficulties in how you think about yourself and others. You may find it difficult to change these unwanted patterns.
There are many different definitions of personality disorders. The one above from Mind is felt by many professionals and those with a PD diagnosis to be a clear account of what a personality disorder can feel like.
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