Symptoms and Causes

A personality disorder is defined as an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual’s culture. The disorder generally traces back to the individual’s adolescence or early adulthood and leads to significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

This pattern is pervasive and inflexible across a broad range of personal and social situations, and manifests in two or more of the following areas:

  • Cognition (i.e. ways of perceiving and interpreting self, other people, and events)
  • Affectivity (i.e. the range, intensity, lability, and appropriateness of emotional response)
  • Interpersonal functioning
  • Impulse control

The specific types of personality disorders include:


  • Paranoid personality disorder 
  • Schizoid personality disorder 
  • Schizotypal personality disorder 
  • Antisocial personality disorder  

Emotional and impulsive: 

  • Borderline personality disorder (BPD) 
  • Histrionic personality disorder 
  • Narcissistic personality disorder 


  • Avoidant personality disorder 
  • Dependent personality disorder 
  • Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD)

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