How Do You Define ‘Personality’?

In the common usage, ‘personality’ is often used to describe how personable or even charming a person is. When using it in therapy, ‘personality’ is used to refer to the combinations of thoughts, personal traits, and behaviors that make you, you. Personality defines how we think of ourselves and relate to others. A person with a healthy personality stays well-balanced even when times of stress arrive and also maintains balanced relationships with others.

Defining Personality Disorder

When someone has a personality disorder, they are incapable of acclimating to change or to the evolving needs of other people in their lives. They maintain relatively controlled lives, limiting interaction with others, at times. Since many people with personality disorders believe they are fine, they often do not seek help or treatment.

Spotting a Personality Disorder

Diagnosing a personality disorder is complex, especially when it is found in older people. Only a therapist or psychiatrist should make a diagnosis. Any symptoms that are present need to be so intense that they interfere with the patient’s life and relationships.

The Causes of Personality Disorder

While there is no known cause of personality disorders, most mental health experts believe that some combination of trauma from childhood and genetics creates these mental health disorders. No matter the cause, treating a personality disorder is essential. Treatment by a mental health professional is the best way to improve the quality of life for someone with a personality disorder.