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Personality Disorders

What are personality disorders?

For persons without a personality disorder, personality traits are patterns of thinking, reacting, and behaving that remain relatively consistent and stable over time. Persons with a personality disorder display more rigid and maladaptive thinking and reacting behaviors that often disrupt their personal, professional, and social lives.
What are the most common types of personality disorders?
Generally, personality disorders are divided into three subtypes (or clusters), and

include the following:

Subtype

Classification

Cluster A:

odd/eccentric

Cluster B:

dramatic/erratic

Cluster C:

anxious/inhibited

Treatment for personality disorders:

Specific treatment for each personality disorder will be determined by your physician based on:

• your age, overall health, and medical history
• type and severity of symptoms
• extent of the disease
• your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
• expectations for the course of the disease
• your opinion or preference

Personality disorders are often difficult to treat and may require long-term attention to change the inappropriate behavior and