This Is What A Personality Disorder Really Looks Like: Symptoms To Watch Out For

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6. Histrionic personality disorder

Individuals with this disorder tend to seek attention constantly and are overly concerned about their appearance. They prefer being the centre of attention and experience anxiety when ignored. Symptoms include the following:

  • Excessive attention and emotion seeking
  • Overly emotional, dramatic and childish
  • Emotional or sexually provocative behavior to get noticed
  • Shallow and manipulative 
  • Constantly shifting mood and emotions
  • Overly concerned with physical appearance
  • Sensitive to criticism 
  • Lacks concern for others
  • Easily swayed or influenced by others
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Considers relationships & friendships as more intimate than they truly are
  • Expresses self in exaggerated, dramatic or theatrical ways

7. Narcissistic personality disorder

People with narcissistic traits lack empathy and constantly need admiration from others. They have a strong sense of self-importance, grandiosity and entitlement. Common signs for this personality disorder include:

  • Inflated sense of self-importance
  • Desperately seek admiration, praise and attention constantly
  • Manipulative, self-centered and selfish
  • Low self-esteem
  • Lack of empathy and inability to acknowledge others’ needs or feelings
  • Arrogance and belief of being special or entitled
  • Exaggeration of talents or accomplishment to uplift reputation
  • Envious of others or thinking that others envy them
  • Unrealistic expectations from others 
  • Abusive behavior, such as constant criticism, bullying, gaslighting etc
  • Grandiose thinking & fantasies about attractiveness, fame, achievements, wealth and power
  • Exploiting others without remorse or guilt

Related: Histrionic Narcissists: How They Use Sex And Lies As Weapons Of Manipulation

This Is What A Personality Disorder Really Looks Like: Symptoms To Watch Out For
This Is What A Personality Disorder Really Looks Like: Symptoms To Watch Out For

8. Avoidant personality disorder

This is one of the types of personality disorders that makes you feel afraid of being rejected, criticized and ridiculed. People with this mental illness tend to be shy, self-conscious and have feelings of inferiority. Here are some symptoms of this disorder:

  • Avoidance of social interactions or connections due to fear of rejection 
  • Excessive sensitivity to criticism or disapproval
  • Extreme shyness and social inhibition
  • Difficulty making relationships or friendships 
  • Inability to try new things due to fear of embarrassment before others
  • Intense feelings of inadequacy and inferiority
  • Low self esteem
  • Prone to excessive self-criticism
  • Lack of social abilities
  • Constant worries about being judged or negatively criticized
  • Seeks affection but afraid of rejection
  • Frequently feel inept and isolated

9. Dependent personality disorder

People with this personality disorder tend to become dependent on others. They need other people to take care of them and make decisions for them. These individuals are typically clingy and submissive. Common symptoms of this condition include:

  • Extreme dependence on other people
  • Clingy, needy and submissive behaviors
  • Low self-confidence and poor self-esteem
  • Fear of abandonment & separation
  • Constantly seeks reassurance from others
  • Inability care for self and needs to be taken care of
  • Inability to disagree with others
  • Tendency to avoid responsibilities
  • Prone to tolerating abuse, bullying and mistreatment 
  • Highly sensitive to criticism, disapproval and even positive feedback
  • Pessimistic outlook on life
  • Inability to make decisions for self or do things by self

Related: Codependency: 5 Types Of Codependent Personalities

10. Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder

Although similar, obsessive-compulsive (anankastic) personality disorder is different from obsessive compulsive disorder. This condition involves an obsession with control, orderliness and perfection. People with this personality have unrealistic expectations from themselves. Here are some signs to watch out for:

  • Preoccupation with orderliness, control, schedules, rules and details
  • Excessive perfectionism causing stress and dysfunction 
  • Strong need to be in control
  • Stubbornness, rigidity and anger
  • Extremely strict about values, morality or ethics 
  • Hoarding or inability to discard useless items
  • Excessive control over finances and expenditures
  • Extreme commitment to work leading to avoidance of loved ones or pleasurable activities 
  • Refusal or unwillingness to accept help from other people
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Formal and rigid mannerisms and behavior
  • Inability to have a flexible mindset or attitude

Seek help

If you can identify the generic symptoms of personality disorders or the signs of a particular disorder in yourself or in a loved one, then seeking professional help is highly recommended. If you can relate to a handful or most of the signs mentioned above, then consulting a doctor will help you get a proper diagnosis and the right treatment. When left untreated, personality disorders can lead to long-term adverse effects and impair your ability to function in your daily life. However, with effective treatment, you can overcome your symptoms, improve your mental health, build stronger relationships and lead a healthier life.

Related: 10 Signs Your Mental Health Is Finally Improving


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