Personality Disorders

Personality disorders defined:

The U.S. National Library of Medicine defines personality disorders as a group of behavioral health conditions in which a person has a long-term pattern of behaviors, emotions, and thoughts that is very different from his or her culture’s expectations. These behaviors interfere with the person’s ability to function in relationships, work, or other settings. There are ten specific personality disorders which have been classified into three clusters by the American Psychiatric Association. Cluster A: Odd or eccentric behavior; Cluster B: Dramatic, emotional or erratic behavior; Cluster C: Anxious fearful behavior. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 9% of adults have a personality disorder of some kind with most disorders developing by early adulthood.

Find out more about personality disorders and the specific disorders from these online sources:

Mayo Clinic
Mental Health America (MHA)
U.S. National Library of Medicine
About.com

What can you do if you think that you or someone you know has a personality disorder?

Identifying a personality disorder requires consultation with a behavioral health professional.

Use the locators listed below to find a behavioral health professional:

American Psychological Association (APA) Locator
HelpPro Therapist Locator

Emergency situations:

If you are experiencing a crisis please call 911 or one of the numbers listed below, or go to the emergency department at the nearest hospital.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255
National Hopeline Network 800-784-2433

The above information was compiled for Box of Stars by the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation (TSBHF). The resources listed are not those of TSBHF. The provided information should not replace seeking medical attention.