Other personality disorders
If a person suspects that he or she or a loved one is suffering from a personality disorder, it is important to remember that the condition is treatable and seek the help of a professional as soon as possible.


Other personality disorders

There are different categories of personality disorders. According to the DSM-5, seven other personality disorders are recognized.

It is also possible that someone may have a composite “picture” of the problematic characteristics of the various personality disorders. Keep it criteria for personality disorders in mind if it seems that someone's personality is impairing their functioning, but their symptoms do not fit into a specific diagnosis.


Seven other personality disorders

The following descriptions and how the disorders manifest are based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which is accepted worldwide as the most authoritative source:

  1. Paranoid personality disorder - a pattern of distrust and suspicion that causes other people's motives to be seen as harmful.
  2. Schizoid personality disorder - a pattern of detachment of social relationships and a limited range of emotions and their expression.
  3. Schizotypic personality disorder - a pattern of acute discomfort in intimate or close relationships, as well as distorted thinking or perceptions and eccentric behavior.
  4. Histrionic personality disorder - a pattern of exaggerated emotionality and attention-seeking behavior.
  5. Avoiding personality disorder - a pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy and hypersensitivity to negative evaluation.
  6. Dependent personality disorder - a pattern of submissive and clingy behavior, related to an exaggerated need to be cared for.
  7. Obsessive-compulsive disorder - a pattern of preoccupation with orderliness, perfectionism and control.

If you are interested in finding out more about this, please contact Wie is ek? for more information. Please remember that only a professional can make a diagnosis.


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Histrionic personality

is a relative of narcissism, antisocial and borderline personality disorder. Could this disorder be just as destructive as the others? What signs should one be on the lookout for?

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If you or a loved one is struggling with mental health issues, we suggest the following options:
  1. call your GP (if available);
  2. go to your nearest hospital emergency room;
  3. call one of the following emergency numbers: SADAG (the South African Depression and Anxiety Group) 24-hour helpline: 0800 456 789 or suicide crisis line: 0800 567 567; or
  4. contact Wie is ek?