Other Personality Disorders
Lifeskills South Florida is dedicated to treating a variety of mental health disorders and addictive behaviors. We also specialize in treating the following personality disorders:
Antisocial Personality Disorder
The emergence of antisocial personality disorder often appears prior the age of 15. Often characterized by a marked disregard for others, individuals with antisocial personality disorder are often in trouble with law enforcement agencies and may have a history of arrests. They display no empathy for the feelings of others and usually feel no remorse for their behavior.
Avoidant Personality Disorder
Often perceived as overly anxious or shy in social situations, individuals with avoidant personality disorder, may avoid social situations unless they are confident they will be liked and accepted by others. Fear of rejection can intensify over time, and they may often choose loneliness rather than risk rejection. Their personal lives and careers may suffer because they are afraid to take risks.
Dependent Personality Disorder
Individuals with dependent personality disorder are excessively dependent on others are have a generalized fear of responsibility. They may seek relationships for the sake of being taken care of, and are often seen as “clingy.” They can also be submissive and have a difficult time making decisions. These individuals may also have difficulty expressing disagreement with others. Their lack of self-confidence gets in the way of initiating new projects or taking risks.
Histrionic Personality Disorder
Individuals with histrionic personality disorder are often seen as overly dramatic and feel the need to be the center of attention. They may find ways to draw attention to themselves such as dressing provocatively or being sexually explicit toward others. They may be quick to form or may move to quickly in romantic attachments, and often perceive these attachments as more serious than their partners. These individuals also seek constant approval from others and are easily influenced.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Individuals with narcissistic personality disorder appear to have an inflated sense of self-worth and feel superior to those around them. However, they are often sensitive to criticism and have low self-esteem. They constantly seek approval and admiration from others, and need to be the center of attention. They feel as if they are entitled to whatever they want, regardless of their contributions to others. They can become jealous quite easily, and may exaggerate their importance to get the attention they crave. They may also use others to get what they want.
Paranoid Personality Disorder
An individual with a paranoid personality disorder has a general distrust of those around him. He may misinterpret innocent cues from others as suspicious behaviors and is likely to spy or check up on people with whom they have relationships to uncover infidelity or other negative behaviors. Individuals with paranoid personality disorder have difficulty showing trust with others, so relationships become strained or impossible to maintain.
Schizoid Personality Disorder
Individuals diagnosed with schizoid personality disorder have little interest in close relationships with others, including family members. However, they may form close attachments to animals. They prefer to be alone, and may appear to be emotionally flat or indifferent to others. They have little or no desire in sexual activities. Others may perceive them as loners and daydreamers. They get little to no pleasure from most activities.
Schizotypal Personality Disorder
Individuals suffering from a schizotypal personality disorder show odd behaviors and speech. They usually have no close friends and may be preoccupied with fantasies, strange beliefs, or paranoia. They may believe in magical thinking, clairvoyance, or believe that they have a “sixth sense.” They need to be alone and often see other people as a source of negativity. They may be perceived by others as eccentric to those around them.
(Because these symptoms in and of themselves do not necessarily indicate the presence of a personality disorder, please contact your physician or mental health treatment provider to get a professional diagnosis.)
If you suspect that you or a loved one may have one of the disorders listed above, please contact a professional mental health provider for diagnosis and treatment.