Understanding What “Personality” Means

When most of us think of “personality”, we think about how charming or social a person is. In a clinical sense, defining personality is more complex. A mental health professional views personality as a set of behaviors and traits. These behaviors and traits come together to affect how we connect with and communicate with others. Healthy personalities are characterized by balance and an ability to stay relatively balanced when crisis strikes.

Understanding Personality Disorders

When someone has a personality disorder, they are unable to adjust to even small changes and can not acclimate to the needs of others. The trouble with personality disorders is that people with these disorders often do not realize or acknowledge something is wrong with how they interact with others. They may maintain a very narrow scope in their lives and limit interactions with others.

Spotting a Personality Disorder

A mental health professional is required to diagnose a personality disorder. Personality disorders are quite complex and can evolve as a person gets older, making them more difficult to identify. As with most mental health disorders, the symptoms of a personality disorder must be so severe that they interfere with a person’s ability to have a normal life.

The Causes of Personality Disorders

Mental health professionals are unsure whether personality disorders have a genetic case or come from trauma in childhood. Many MHPs suspect that trauma may trigger existing genetic tendencies. Whether caused by genes or childhood trauma, personality disorders require treatment so that individuals can experience a better quality of life.