What are personality disorders?
Essentially, they are a group of disorders involving personality traits that are not flexible. This inflexibility can cause distress and make it difficult for the person to function.
What to look for…
Diagnosis usually occurs during adolescence or early adulthood. The common personality disorders are:
What can you do?
Recommended treatment varies from illness to illness, however, in all cases it is critical to seek evaluation from a qualified mental health professional. Structured interventions, case management services, and sometimes medication are necessary in treatment of these disorders.
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