I normally write about bipolar disorder, my experiences, and discuss mental health advocacy issues. However, I have decided to learn more about the other mental illnesses and I have chosen to study and share with my readers about personality disorders.
A personality disorder is a type of mental disorder where you have unhealthy, rigid patterns of thinking, behaving, and functioning. A person with a personality disorder has trouble perceiving and relating to situations and people. Ref1
The types of personality disorders are categorized in three clusters. Cluster A includes those that are odd or eccentric. Cluster B includes those that are dramatic, emotional or erratic. Cluster C includes those that are anxious and fearful. Ref2
Cluster A includes Schizoid, Paranoid, and Schizotypical. Cluster B includes Antisocial, Borderline, Narcissistic, and Histrionic. Cluster C includes Avoidant, Dependent, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Schizoid personalities are introverted, withdrawn, solitary, emotionally cold, and distant. interpreting the actions of others as deliberately threatening or demeaning. Paranoid personalities interpret the actions of others as deliberately threatening or demeaning. r. People may have odd or eccentric manners of speaking or dressing. Schizotypical personalities have strange, outlandish or paranoid beliefs and the dress and their speaking and dressing are eccentric. Ref2
Antisocial personalities act out their conflicts and ignore normal rules of social behavior. Borderline personality disorder personalities are unstable in interpersonal relationships, behavior, mood, and self-image. They exhibit abrupt and extreme mood changes, stormy interpersonal relationships, and an unstable and fluctuating self-image. Narcissists have an exaggerated sense of self-importance, are absorbed by fantasies of unlimited success, and seek constant attention. Ref2
Avoidant personalities have long-standing feelings of inadequacy and are extremely sensitive to what others think about them resulting in feeling socially inhibited and inept. Dependent Personalities have a need to be taken care of and a fear of abandonment or separated from friends and family leading to dependent and submissive behaviors causing others to be care givers. People with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder have a preoccupation with orderliness, perfectionism, and mental control often causing a lack of flexibility, openness, and efficiency. Ref3