Posted on Mar 06, 2009 | Comments 3
According to a recent study, half of Americans aged 19 to 25 have personality disorders.
Despite this enormous number, the majority of these Americans have mild personality disorders.
Most college counselors questioned reported that more college students are depressed than ever before.
The majority of these personality disorders are obsessive, compulsive and anti-social personality disorders.
Despite this, less than 25% get treatment for the disorders. The largest source of depression reported by young adults was caused by romantic relationships. So what are these personality disorders?
Antisocial personality disorder
Those with antisocial personality disorders have disregards for the rights of others. They refuse to conform to social norms, engage in deceitful behavior, show aggressiveness and irritability, are impulsive, irresponsible and lacking in remorse.
Those with this personality disorder seem difficult to work with because they show no regard for anyone else. Because of this, it is difficult to get people with these disorders to recognize their bad behavior and seek treatment.
Avoidant personality disorder
These individuals avoid social contact. They often avoid occupations that require interpersonal contact. They avoid relationships out of fear of being ridiculed or rejected.
They obsess with the rest of the world’s attitude towards them and they are convinced that they lack social competency. These individuals also have a tendency to avoid taking risks.
Borderline personality disorder
Emotionally explosive people who are obsessed with abandonment. Borderlines often have very unstable relationships.
These individuals have unstable attitudes towards themselves and others, often jumping back and forth between loving and hating friends and family.
The behavior of a borderline is very impulsive, leading to dangerous decisions like unprotected sex, irresponsible spending and substance abuse.
Oftentimes, these individuals fly into explosive rages. But they often report feeling completely empty inside. These individuals also have a tendency towards paranoia.
Dependant personality disorder
There are some people who can’t seem to function by themselves. They refuse to make decisions without the input of others. They expect others to make decisions. They refuse to take action or to take responsibility for most things. They obsessively seek out relationships in order to avoid being alone.
Narcissistic personality disorder
Those with Narcissistic personality disorder have feelings of grandiose ability and importance, often exaggerating their accomplishments. They are usually preoccupied with fantasies of beauty, intelligence and power. They believe that they are special in some way and that they should only be associated with other special people.
Narcissists have a strong need for admiration. Others cannot meet their expectations, yet they rarely accomplish anything themselves. They have a sense that they are entitled to things like money and attention simply by being them.
They have a tendency to be exploitive in their relationships by manipulating others to meet their own ends. Their lack of empathy makes relationships with them difficult or impossible.
Obsessive compulsive personality disorder
Obsessive compulsives obsess with details, lists and organization. They attempt to achieve levels of perfection that interfere with the task at hand. They work excessively even when it is not necessary to do so. They are often pack rats and are miserly with their spending.
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