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OCPD, PPD, ASPD, SzPD, & More
There are many different types of personality disorders, and each one is characterized by a specific set of symptoms. Some of the most common types of personality disorders include:
Cluster A (Odd or Eccentric)
- Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD): People with PPD often have a mistrust of others and may be constantly on the lookout for signs of betrayal or threat. They may also be quick to anger and may have difficulty controlling their emotions.
- Schizoid Personality Disorder (SzPD): People with SzPD often seem distant or detached from others and may prefer to be alone. They may also be uninterested in close relationships, and they may have difficulty showing emotions.
- Schizotypal Personality Disorder (STPD): People with STPD often have odd or eccentric behaviors and may be paranoid or suspicious of others. They may also have difficulty maintaining close relationships and may be socially withdrawn.
Cluster B (Dramatic, Emotional, Erratic Disorders)
- Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD): People with ASPD often have a disregard for the rights of others and may engage in criminal or violent behaviors. They may also be quick to anger, impulsive, and aggressive.
- Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD): People with BPD often have a fear of abandonment and may go to extremes to avoid being alone. They may also have difficulty controlling their emotions, leading to impulsive or reckless behavior.
- Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD): People with NPD often have an inflated sense of self-importance and a need for admiration. They may be preoccupied with their own success and power and may take advantage of others to achieve their goals.
- Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD): People with HPD are often attention seekers who crave approval from others. They may be overly dramatic or emotional in their behavior, and they may engage in impulsive or risky behaviors.
Cluster C (Anxious or Fearful Disorders)
- Avoidant Personality Disorder (APD): People with APD often have a fear of rejection and may avoid social interactions. They may also be excessively shy and sensitive to criticism.
- Dependant Personality Disorder (DPD): People with STPD often have odd or eccentric behaviors and may be paranoid or suspicious of others. They may also have difficulty maintaining close relationships and may be socially withdrawn.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD): People with OCPD are often preoccupied with orderliness, perfectionism, and control. They may have a need for excessive orderliness in their lives and maybe excessively critical of others.
If you think you or someone you know may have a personality disorder, it is important to seek professional help. A mental health professional can diagnose a personality disorder and provide treatment that can improve symptoms and help the person manage their condition.
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