Dr. Eileen Callahan, Ph.D.: Personality Disorders

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A personality disorder is a group of mental disorders that are recognized by repeditive behavior that disallows working well with people in most aspects of your life. Below are some of the most common disorders.

Antisocial Personality Disorder

This disorder is not how it sounds; someone with antisocial disorder can actually be extremely outgoing and social, but only in a manipulative way. The antisocial disorder is also referred to as the psychopath or sociopath. It is thought that only one percent of the population has this disorder, which is a relief because it can make for a very dangerous individual. The antisocial person has no regard for others, including their supposed loved ones. They lack the ability to feel any sympathy for anyone but themselves. They often realize how different they are, and adopt behaviors that appear empathetic by mimicking what they see in others. They will break rules of law enforcement and societal norms with no regard. People with this disorder have varying degrees of menace, and can be as extreme as a murderer or simply a shady rip-off artist.


Borderline Personality Disorder

Sometimes difficult to diagnose correctly, the borderline personality is chronically emotionally frayed.  Relationships are difficult to maintain and self-destructive behaviors are evident. Borderlines are often suicidal.


Narcissistic Personality Disorder

The narcissist label is thrown around a lot these days and is used on anyone who seems to think a lot of himself. The true narcissistic disorder is actually much more extreme. It means the person feels superior and entitled to the best of everything and is overly involved in their grandiose self-esteem. They do not recognize good in others, as they feel they overshadow anyone else’s potential.


How does a person with a diagnosis get well?

Recovery from a disorder involves proper treatment, support and education. The most important steps to a person's recovery are to see a doctor, stick to a treatment plan of medication if prescribed and to keep all appointments with the doctor and therapist. Participating in an appropriate support group is also helpful during the recovery process, as is educating oneself about your diagnosis and the treatments available.

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