Types of Personality Disorders

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Personality disorders are psychological disorders, where the behavior is drastically different from the normal. An individual with personality behavior have different patterns of behavior in personal relationship, mood, thinking, and sometimes impulse control. Currently ten personality disorders have been identified and they are grouped together into three major clusters: cluster A (odd or eccentric behavior), cluster B (dramatic, erratic, or emotional behavior), and cluster C (fearful, anxious behavior).

Cluster A

Cluster A consists of three personality disorders: paranoid personality disorder, schizoid personality disorder, and schizotypal personality disorder.

Paranoid Personality Disorder: Individuals with this disorder are very suspicious and distrustful of others. Those with this disorder may experience unjustified angry that others are disloyal with them.

Schizoid Personality Disorder: Those with this disorder are characterized with lack of interest in relationships with others.

Schizotypal Personality Disorder: This disorder is defined by a need for isolation and also the people with this disorder believe that they have magical powers.

Cluster B

Cluster B consists of four personality disorders: antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder, and narcissistic personality disorder. All these disorders are characterized by dramatic and emotional disorders.

Antisocial Personality Disorder: APD is defined by the lack of feelings or empathy and also people with these disorders are found to have manipulative behaviors.

Borderline Personality Disorder: This disorder is characterized by the individual’s ability to control emotions. People with BPD mostly have histories of unstable relationship.

Histrionic Personality Disorder: People with this disorder have unusual ways of attracting others and they are extremely theatrical.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder: NPD is defined by the lack of empathy and people with this disorder have egocentric behavior.

Cluster C

Cluster C consists of avoidant personality disorder, dependant personality disorder, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. All these disorders are characterized by anxious and fearful behavior.

Avoidant Personality Disorder: People with this disorder are so afraid of criticisms and they never take any social risks.

Dependent Personality Disorder: People with DPD are always dependent on others and have submissive behavior. They never make decisions without the approval of others.

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder: Individuals with this disorder are always focused on perfection and they can also be workaholics.

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