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Personality disorders are a group of mental illnesses. They involve long-term patterns of thoughts and behaviors that are unhealthy and inflexible. The behaviors cause serious problems with relationships and work. People with personality disorders have trouble dealing with everyday stresses and problems. They often have stormy relationships with other people.

The cause of personality disorders is unknown. However, genes and childhood experiences may play a role.

The symptoms of each personality disorder are different. They can mild or severe. People with personality disorders may have trouble realizing that they have a problem. To them, their thoughts are normal, and they often blame others for their problems. They may try to get help because of their problems with relationships and work. Treatment usually includes talk therapy and sometimes medicine.

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  • (Mental Health America)

Treatments and Therapies

  • Video (Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health)

Specifics

  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health)
  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
  • (Mental Health America)
  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

Statistics and Research

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health)

Clinical Trials

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)

Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)

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  • (American Psychiatric Association)
  • (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health)
  • From the National Institutes of Health

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