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The word ‘personality’ refers to a collection of characteristics that make us an individual.
For most people, their personality allows them to function well in the world.
For some individuals though, parts of their personality might develop in such a way that makes it difficult for them to relate to other people and function well across a range of personal and social situations.
If you suffer from a personality disorder, then you are likely to have difficulties in making or sustaining relationships, controlling your feelings and your behaviour.
Often people with a personality disorder might also suffer from depression, eating disorders and engage in substance misuse as a way of coping with their difficulties.
For many years, individuals with personality disorders did not receive appropriate treatment but nowadays there is good evidence that a number of structured psychological therapies (such as dialectical behaviour therapy, schema therapy and cognitive-analytic therapy) can be greatly beneficial.