Our individuality, who we are, how we think, how we react to different situations, how we feel in different circumstances, what our attitude to different problems are, etc are some of the things that define us. It defines who we are. A major role in this is played by the environment in which we are brought up. People around us, who start influencing our thoughts and actions from an early age. The kind of beliefs we are taught, the problems we face, the way people around us deal with situations, everything affects our thought process. It is only with time, that we start disintegrating that which is right from wrong in our perception. It is not a universal right or wrong, it is just our perception.
This individuality culminates into our personality. Personality refers to a distinctive set of traits, behavior styles, and patterns that make up our character or individuality. How we perceive the world, our attitudes, thoughts, and feelings are all part of our personality.
Having a healthy personality plays a key role in defining the person. The key to having a healthy personality is to strike a balance with all the elements that make up day to day life. A person with a healthy personality is cheerful and does not get stressed easily. He is able to think clearly and with reason. If a person displays a healthy personality, it indicates that he or she is in good mental health and can be trusted to conduct themselves in a respectable manner and set good examples to follow.
Those who struggle with a personality disorder have great difficulty dealing with other people. They tend to be inflexible, rigid, and unable to respond to the changes and demands of life. Although they feel that their behavior patterns are “normal” or “right,” people with personality disorders tend to have a narrow view of the world and find it difficult to participate in social activities.
Personality disorders are a type of mental health problem where attitudes, beliefs and behaviours cause longstanding problems in life. Personality disorder can show itself in different ways, and specialists take varying approaches to diagnose and understand personality disorders. Here are some of the approaches you may come across:
When these characteristics are carried to an extreme, when they endure over time and when they interfere with healthy functioning, a diagnostic evaluation with a licensed physician or mental health professional is recommended.
There are many types of help available for the different personality disorders. Treatment may include individual, group, or family psychotherapy. Medications, prescribed by a patient’s physician, may also be helpful in relieving some of the symptoms of personality disorders, including problems with anxiety and perceptions.
Psychotherapy for patients with personality disorders focuses on helping them see the unconscious conflicts that are contributing to or causing their symptoms. It also helps people become more flexible and is aimed at reducing the behavior patterns that interfere with everyday living.
In psychotherapy, people with personality disorders can better recognize the effects of their behavior on others. Behavior and cognitive therapies focus on resolving symptoms or traits that are characteristic of the disorder, such as the inability to make important life decisions or the inability to initiate relationships.
Do not hesitate to get professional help. It does not mean that you are crazy or unstable. Lack of mental health is a normal phenomenon. And is treated like any other physical problem that one may face. Professional help ensures confidentiality as well as a proper source of outlet to help you stay BRAIN FIT.
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