Personality Disorders: Should I Be Worried?
This article was developed via a partnership with BetterHelp.
When it comes to personality, everyone’s is different. This is to be expected. At the same time, if an individual experiences a personality disorder, they may start to act in a manner that isn’t socially acceptable and is likely different from their everyday personality. Here’s a look at personality disorders and how to spot if a loved one has the symptoms related to one.
What is a personality disorder?
If an individual has a personality disorder, they likely will behave in an inappropriate manner. For example, they may not care about other people’s feelings, isolate themselves completely, or act disrespectful to loved ones. There are a few specific personality disorders that a person may develop, and each of them has specific symptoms and behaviors.
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Symptoms That May be Present
There are a few symptoms that you may want to take note of when you are trying to determine if you or someone you care about is experiencing a personality disorder.
- Not caring about other’s opinions or what they are going through
- Acting in an irrational way
- Diminished self-worth or self-esteem
- Not taking care of hygiene
- Being unable to address household duties
- Not being respectful of rules
If a person you know has one or more of these symptoms, you might want to speak with them about what you have witnessed them say or do. Someone with a personality disorder will often be unable to notice their symptoms on their own, but they may listen to you when you are describing their behavior.
Of course, you cannot make them reach out for help, but perhaps, when they are ready, they will work with a therapist because of the gentle nudging you gave them.
Should I Be Worried?
When someone in your circle has been diagnosed with a personality disorder, you may wonder if you need to be worried about them. This may not be necessary, since the condition is treatable. There are many options available to treat the symptoms related to any personality disorder a person is experiencing.
However, the issue can only be treated once they work with a therapist. If they are hesitant to do so, you may want to keep your distance from them in certain situations, depending on how they are behaving.
Once an individual meets with a psychiatrist, therapy will likely be necessary to address the symptoms that are being expressed. A doctor may also choose to prescribe medication, in some instances, depending on how severe the symptoms are.
It could take some time to see a difference in the symptoms and how a person feels when they are working with a therapist for a personality disorder. Though, if you are able to hang in there and listen to your therapist’s advice, this gives you the best chance to feel and act like yourself again.
A counselor should also be able to talk to you about other ways you can manage your symptoms, which may work well in conjunction with the treatment plan you are receiving. Some tips include exercising and taking care of your physical health. These things can make a difference when it comes to your overall wellness.
There are a number of personality disorders that a person may have symptoms related to, so if someone you love has some of the signs listed above, this could mean they are experiencing this type of condition. Still, there is no reason to be concerned, since there are many treatment options available. Do your part to help your friend get the help that they need. All you can do is try.
If you have any of these symptoms, you owe it to yourself to seek support. It may make a big difference in your life.