If you have paranoid personality disorder you essentially have an ongoing, unfounded suspicion of others. This suspicion can lead to you feeling exploited or deceived by other people. This is likely to mean that you will feel very wary and find it difficult to trust others, even friends. You may find it difficult to forgive insults and will bear grudges. When this condition is diagnosed, schizophrenia and psychotic features of mood disorders must be ruled out.
Schizoid personality disorder:
With schizoid personality disorder, you may have few social relationships, preferring to be alone. You might actually be very shy, but be viewed by others as being quite cold and aloof.
Schizotypal personality disorder:
Schizotypal personality disorder is characterised by problems with social and interpersonal relationships, as well as thought disorders and paranoia. You may have seemingly strange thoughts, see or hear things that aren’t there but also lack emotion or be described as being ‘eccentric’. When schizotypal personality disorder is diagnosed, conditions where psychosis is present (such as schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder), should be ruled out.
Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD):
People with this personality disorder are often impulsive or reckless, without considering the consequences for themselves or others. You may get easily frustrated, aggressive and be prone to outbursts of violence without thinking of the impact on others. You may do things to get what you want, acting selfishly and without guilt. Its characteristics can be seen in younger people as conduct problems. Conduct problems can include aggressive or defiant behaviour and unlawful behaviour such as stealing.
Borderline personality disorder (BPD):
If you have BPD, you may have a pattern of unstable personal relationships and poor impulse control in areas such as spending, sexual conduct, driving, eating, and substance abuse. It is likely you will experience strong emotions, mood swings and feelings you can’t cope with easily and feel empty, isolated and distressed a lot of the time.
It is considered one of the more widely recognised and researched personality disorders. It is also referred to as ‘emotionally unstable personality disorder’.
Histrionic personality disorder:
Histrionic personality disorder is characterised by people who like being the centre of attention and who are lively and over dramatic. You may become bored with normal routines, and crave new situations and excitement. You may find that you tend to form shallow relationships, worry a lot about your appearance and be self-centred.
Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD):
Narcissistic personality disorder involves a sense of inflated self-importance, preoccupation with fantasies about unlimited success and a driven desire for attention and admiration. You may feel as though you have a sense of entitlement over others, and act selfishly to gain such success. Anxious/fearful
Dependent personality disorder (DPD):
Dependent personality disorderinvolvespassively allowing others to assume responsibility for major areas of ones life,often with a lack of self-confidence or lack of ability to function independently. You may find that you put your own needs secondary to the needs of others and feel hopeless, incompetent and fear abandonment.
Avoidant personality disorder (APD):
If you have avoidant personality disorder you may have an extreme fear of being judged negatively by other people and suffer from a high level of social discomfort as a result. You may be sensitive to criticism and worry a lot, suffering from low self-esteem. You may have a great desire for affection and acceptance. However, the fear of rejection usually overwhelms this desire.
Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD):
Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder is characterised by having a focus on perfectionism that decreases the ability to see the bigger picture. Essentially, everything you do must be just right, and nothing can be left to chance. You may be overly cautious about things and be rigid, controlling and preoccupied with detail. Despite there being some similar traits, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder is different from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).