There are many different personality disorders so just scroll through this page to see common symptoms for each.
Paranoid personality disorder symptoms:
- find it hard to confide in people, even your friends
- find it very difficult to trust other people, believing they will use you or take advantage of you
- watch others closely, looking for signs of betrayal or hostility
- read threats and danger – which others don’t see – into everyday situations.
Schizoid personality disorder symptoms:
- be uninterested in forming close relationships with other people, including your family
- feel that relationships interfere with your freedom and tend to cause problems
- prefer to be alone with your own thoughts
- choose to live your life without interference from others
- get little pleasure from life
- have little interest in sex or intimacy
- be emotionally cold towards others
Schizotypal personality disorder symptoms:
- find making close relationships extremely difficult
- think and express yourself in ways that others find ‘odd’, using unusual words or phrases
- behave in ways that others find eccentric
- believe that you can read minds or that you have special powers such as a ‘sixth sense’
- feel anxious and tense with others who do not share these beliefs
- feel very anxious and paranoid in social situations.
Antisocial personality disorder symptoms:
- put yourself in dangerous or risky situations, often without considering the consequences for yourself or for other people
- behave dangerously and sometimes illegally
- behave in ways that are unpleasant for others
- feel very easily bored and act on impulse – you may find it difficult to hold down a job for long
- behave aggressively and get into fights easily
- do things – even though they may hurt people – to get what you want, putting your needs above theirs
- have a criminal record
- feel no sense of guilt if you have mistreated others
- believe that only the strongest survive and that you must do whatever it takes to lead a successful life because if you don’t grab opportunities, others will
- have had a diagnosis of conduct disorder before the age of 15.
Borderline personality disorder symptoms:
- feel very worried about people abandoning you, and would do anything to stop that happening
- have very intense emotions that last from a few hours to a few days and can change quickly (for example, from feeling very happy and confident in the morning to feeling low and sad in the afternoon)
- not have a strong sense of who you are, and it can change depending on who you’re with
- find it very hard to make and keep stable relationships
- act impulsively and do things that could harm you (such as binge eating, using drugs or driving dangerously)
- have suicidal thoughts or self-harming behaviour
- feel empty and lonely a lot of the time
- get very angry, and struggle to control your anger.
When very stressed, sometimes you might:
- feel paranoid
- have psychotic experiences, such as seeing or hearing things that other people don’t
- feel numb or ‘checked out’ and not remember things properly after they’ve happened.
Histrionic personality disorder symptoms:
- feel very uncomfortable if you are not the centre of attention
- feel much more at ease as the ‘life and soul of the party’
- feel that you have to entertain people
- flirt or behave provocatively to ensure that you remain the centre of attention
- get a reputation for being dramatic and overemotional
- feel dependent on the approval of others
- be easily influenced by others.
Narcissistic personality disorder symptoms:
- believe that there are special reasons that make you different, better or more deserving than others
- have fragile self-esteem, so that you rely on others to recognise your worth and your needs
- feel upset if others ignore you and don’t give you what you feel you deserve
- resent other people’s successes
- put your own needs above other people’s, and demand they do too
- be seen as selfish and ‘above yourself’
- take advantage of other people.
Avoidant personality disorder:
- avoid work or social activities that mean you must be with others
- expect disapproval and criticism and be very sensitive to it
- worry constantly about being ‘found out’ and rejected
- worry about being ridiculed or shamed by others
- avoid relationships, friendships and intimacy because you fear rejection
- feel lonely and isolated, and inferior to others
- be reluctant to try new activities in case you embarrass yourself.
Dependant personality disorder:
- feel needy, weak and unable to make decisions or function properly without help or support
- allow others to assume responsibility for many areas of your life
- agree to things you feel are wrong or you dislike to avoid being alone or losing someone’s support
- be afraid of being left to fend for yourself
- have low self-confidence
- see other people as being much more capable than you are
- be seen by others as much too submissive and passive.
Obsessive compulsive personality disorder:
- need to keep everything in order and under control
- set unrealistically high standards for yourself and others
- think yours is the best way of making things happen
- worry when you or others might make mistakes
- expect catastrophes if things aren’t perfect
- be reluctant to spend money on yourself or others
- have a tendency to hang onto items with no obvious value.