Personality Disorders

Each person has their own personality with its own characteristics and peculiarities. We talk of a personality disorder only if those characteristics and peculiarities are causing you trouble and negatively affect your relationships, work performance and life in general.

If you have a personality disorder chances are that you may have had treatment before but this did not have a lasting effect, or if it did have a lasting effect, other complaints have since surfaced. 



Narcissistic personality disorder The core problem of the narcissistic personality is an extremely unstable self image. You might... Read more
Histrionic personality disorder The core problem of the histrionic personality is an extreme need for attention. You might be so... Read more
Paranoid personality disorder The core problem of the paranoid personality is a profound belief that others cannot be trusted.... Read more
Schizoid personality disorder If you have a schizoid personality disorder you do not feel any need or wish to be in... Read more
Antisocial personality disorder If you have an antisocial personality disorder you tend to feel that rules apply to other people... Read more
Dependent personality disorder The core problem of the dependent personality disorder is the strong conviction that you are not... Read more
Borderline personality disorder The core problem of the borderline personality is instability. You tend to feel your emotions... Read more
Obsessive compulsive personality disorder The core problem of the obsessive compulsive personality is the extreme need for perfection and... Read more
Schizotypal personality disorder The core problem of the schizotypal personality is a fear of and an estrangement from reality.... Read more
Avoidant personality disorder The core problem of the avoidant personality disorder is an extreme fear of being judged and/or... Read more

General symptoms

There are 10 specific types of personality disorders.  They have in common that they all show long term patterns of thinking, feeling, interacting and behaving, usually starting in early adulthood, which seriously hinder your performance in several areas in your life such as relationships, work or school, emotional wellbeing and self esteem.

Examples of complaints or symptoms are:

  • Recurring conflicts with the people around you
  • Inability to structure your life, or find direction in life
  • Difficulty in regulating strong emotions
  • Aggressive outbursts and impulsivity
  • Easily feeling left out or rejected
  • Feeling unable to make your own choices and always needing someone there to support and take care of you
  • Compulsively needing to control everything in your life
  • Feeling you have always been different and have never belonged
  • Problems forming and or maintaining intimate relationships