Personality disorders are pervasive and ongoing difficulties. They can influence the way you feel, act, and think. For this reason, they can affect your perceived quality of life and your relationships with peers or loved ones.

There are a range of personality disorders, with each type having its own psychological, behavioural, cognitive, and physical symptoms. So, an accurate diagnosis of a personality disorder can only be determined via a structured assessment.

Once you have a specific diagnosis, the respective intervention can be determined to help you cope with this. In general, psychological therapies are used as a therapist can help to figure out what triggers your personality. Through understanding your triggers, they can help you to understand your feelings and promote healthy coping behaviours. These behaviours will encourage healthier self-perceptions and relationships. Examples of therapy approaches used include psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, CBT, DBT, and Schema Therapy.

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