Personality Disorders Explained

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To have a personality disorder means that someone's behaviors adhere to a rigid pattern that interferes with functioning. Relationships with self and others as well as ability to do certain tasks are negatively impacted, but this has nothing to do with someone's identity or worth.

There are 10 different types of personality disorders. These are organized into three distinct clusters that describe how people perceive the world and interact in the world.

Because personality disorders are patterns of perceiving and interacting, they can't be treated with medication (Personality Disorder Treatment). There are ways to manage personality disorders, though, and people diagnosed with a personality disorder can live a full life.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2016, August 17). Personality Disorders Explained, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 19 from

Last Updated: August 17, 2016

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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