‘Personality’ is the collection of internal traits or characteristics which are relatively stable and have been developed as an individual grows up. These characteristics together make us different from others and the components of personality include ways of thinking, feeling or behaving. ‘Personality Disorders’ are certain traits or parts of personality that makes it very difficult to live with others and even oneself. There are traits you don’t seem to be able to change for better even knowing that it negatively affects not just but especially the people in our environment.
A person can also have features of more than one particular type.
When these persistent difficulties create frequent feelings of distress, sadness or anger towards others, then there is possibility of presence of some type of personality disorder.
Personality disorder is diagnosed based on the behavioral patterns of the person over time in variety of situations. In clinical setting many sources of diagnostic data are generally accessible. Clinical observation, detailed interview with detailed psychiatric and social history are required, also there are projective, semi-projective and certain rating scales used for assistance in diagnostic purposes.