Personality disorders is a category that causes individuals to think, feel, behave or relate to others very differently from the average person. Our personality is a collection of characteristics that makes us the individuals we are, so the very term “Personality disorder” can be a scary and a loaded term for both people diagnosed with the condition and for those around them. There is still a great deal of misunderstanding concerning behaviours and actions of people diagnosed with the condition as “Attention seeking” or “Manipulative and controlling”, however the following statement written by people diagnosed with a personality disorder will hopefully provide a fresh insight into the actual nature and difficulties associated with the condition – consensus-statement-final.pdf (

There are several different types of personality disorder, these are broken into subsets:

  • Suspicious
  • Emotional and impulsive
  • Anxious

For further reading please click the following link which provides information on each – Types of personality disorder – Mind


  • Personality disorder affects 4.4% of the adult population in the UK – roughly one in 23 people.
  • On average, sufferers die 18 years earlier than those without personality disorder.
  • A study estimated between 45% and 77% of those who die by suicide have a personality disorder.
  • The study showed whilst 80% of these people were in contact with mental health services, only 5% had been in contact with specialist personality disorder services.
  • In 2015, The National Personality Disorder Service Survey found only 55% of people with personality disorder had access to specialist services.


  • An enduring pattern of emotional and cognitive difficulties which affect the way in which the person relates to others or understands themselves.
  • This pattern of behaviour is pervasive and occurs across a broad range of social and personal situations.
  • Is a long-standing difficulty which always appears in childhood or adolescence and continues into later life.
  • May lead to significant problems in occupational and social performance .
  • Is not attributable to another mental disorder, substance abuse or head trauma.

Many people with a personality disorder also have another mental health condition or behavioural problem, such as:


For further information relating to treatments please click the following link Treatment – Borderline personality disorder – NHS (

Organisations and resources

Borderline Personality Disorder | Borderline Support UK CIC

What are the signs and symptoms of personality disorder? (

Overview | Personality disorders: borderline and antisocial | Quality standards | NICE

About this information | Information for the public | Antisocial personality disorder: prevention and management | Guidance | NICE