A person with a personality disorder thinks, feels, behaves or relates to others very differently from the average person.

There are several different types of personality disorder.

Currently psychiatrists tend to use a system of diagnosis which identifies ten types of personality disorder. These are grouped into three categories.

Suspicious:

  • Paranoid personality disorder

  • Schizoid personality disorder

  • Schizotypal personality disorder

 

 

Emotional and impulsive:

  • Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD)

  • Borderline personality disorder (BPD)

  • Histrionic personality disorder

  • Narcissistic personality disorder

 

 

Anxious:

  • Avoidant personality disorder

  • Dependent personality disorder

  • Obsessive compulsive personality disorder (OCPD)

 

Each personality disorder has its own set of diagnostic criteria. To get a specific diagnosis you must meet some of these criteria. The minimum amount you need to meet is different for different types, but it should always be more than one or two. If you meet criteria for more than one type this may be called mixed personality disorder.