Personality Disorder

Personality disorders are more common than any of us may realize. It is estimated that 9% (National Institute of Mental Health) of the American adult population have a personality disorder diagnosis. There are several types of personality disorders all of which are not diagnosable until an individual has reached adulthood. kp counseling has counselors trained to work with individuals with personality disorders and with their family members.

Common Symptoms of Personality Disorders:

  • “An enduring pattern of inner experiences and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual’s culture” and which is manifested in two of the following: cognition, affectivity, interpersonal functioning, and/or impulse control (American Psychological Association)
  • Pattern of behavior is consistent, unchanging, and pervasive across situations (personal, school, work, home, etc.)
  • Pattern of behavior leads to significant impairment or stress in functioning (social, school, work, home, etc.)
  • Onset of behavior was in adolescence or early adulthood – and the pattern must be stable and long lasting (long duration – consistent over an extended period of several years)