Counseling Services

Personality Disorders

Personalities are made up from a combination of experiences, environmental influences, as well as genetics.

The lens for how we see the world, our perspective, attitude, feelings, and behavior all make up personalities.

A Personality Disorder as defined by the DSM 5 is “an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual’s culture, is pervasive and inflexible, and leads to distress and impairment.” Simply put, a personality disorder is a pattern of rigid behavior or thoughts that significantly deviates from the cultural norm, creates distress, and impairs daily functioning.

Those diagnosed with a Personality Disorder usually struggle with everyday stressors, can often have trouble adjusting to change, and have difficulty maintaining relationships with family, friends, and co-workers.

There are a number of different types of Personality Disorders, but the DSM 5 recognizes the following clusters of personality disorders:

  • Cluster A: odd or eccentric behavior
  • Cluster B: dramatic, emotional, or erratic behavior
  • Cluster C: anxious or fearful behavior

We are able to assess and/or provide direct therapeutic support to those trying to manage life with a personality disorder. If there’s concern that you or someone you love may have a personality disorder speaking with a mental health professional could be beneficial.