What is a personality disorder?
Personality disorder is a mental illness that makes it hard for a person to feel comfortable in themselves, causes problems controlling emotions and impulses, and causes problems relating to other people. Personality disorder is a condition of the brain and mind. If someone has personality disorder, it is not their fault, and they did not cause it. For most people, symptoms begin during teenage years.
With the right treatment, most people can recover from their symptoms and lead productive and fulfilling lives. Individuals can have different types of symptoms, but they usually involve difficulties in Affect, Identity and Relationships (AIR). Psychological treatments are designed to help the person take active control of their lives by helping them understand themselves and their sensitivities, reduce the intensity of suffering from their emotions, and improve their relationships with other people.