Types of personality disorders

Antisocial personality disorder

Antisocial personality disorder (ASP disorder) is characterised by not caring about others to the point of being aggressive and violent, or violating other people’s rights. Signs usually become apparent during or prior to adolescence, with common behaviour including excessive drinking, fighting and irresponsibility. Whilst many teenagers are known to ‘act out’ on occasion, ASP disorder is long lasting and persistent. People with ASP disorder can be manipulative, carry out exploitive actions and have manners that determinedly ignore others.

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Avoidant personality disorder

People with avoidant personality disorder are hypersensitive to  criticism or rejection and experience extreme shyness. Avoidant personality disorder is more than just feeling shy or awkward, and can cause significant problems that affect a person’s ability to interact, maintain relationships and maintain normal day-to-day activities.

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Borderline personality disorder

People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) frequently experience distressing emotional states, difficulty in relating to other people, and self-harming behaviour. They can be extremely impulsive, take huge risks, and have an explosive temper and unstable moods. BPD affects 2-5% of the population with symptoms usually appearing in mid to late teens or early adulthood. Symptoms include deep feelings of insecurity, persistent impulsiveness, confused, contradictory feelings, and self-harm.

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