Personality disorders that develop early in life can negatively affect personal or social growth. They can be inflexible, and can cause significant distress in parents or teenagers. Maladaptive behavior, cognition, or experience can contribute to borderline, narcissistic, or any other personality disorders.

Professional diagnosis and treatment may help a teenager cope with even the most challenging symptoms. To learn more about our treatment options, contact Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers at 866-889-3665.

Learn about Personality Disorders

Personality disorders are deeply ingrained behaviors that typically manifest in teenagers and young adults. Disorder symptoms range in severity and can cause long-term difficulties in personal growth, and some make it difficult to function normally in society. Personality disorders are enduring behavioral patterns and are largely focused on the ego.

It can be difficult to classify a personality disorder in an individual. Symptoms may overlap and societal expectations vary greatly among cultures. Common personality disorders include:

  • Paranoid personality disorder, which is characterized by widespread distrust in others.
  • Schizoid personality disorder, which is a tendency to focus on one’s inner self and block the outside world.
  • Schizotypal disorder, which is characterized by oddities in appearance, behavior, or speech related to schizophrenia.
  • Antisocial personality disorder, which is characterized by unconcern with the feelings of others.
  • Borderline personality disorder, which is a lack of sense of self, resulting in a fear of abandonment.
  • Histrionic personality disorder, which is characterized by a lack of self-worth.
  • Narcissistic personality disorder, which is characterized by elevated self-worth and entitlement.

Signs & Symptoms of Personality Disorder

Common signs of a personality disorder include:

  • Intense emotions or mood swings
  • Harmful impulsive behaviors
  • Relationship problems
  • Low self-worth
  • Frantic fear of being abandoned
  • Aggressive behavior

Symptoms of individuals with a personality disorder include:

  • Difficulties with cognitive function
  • Trouble with societal norms
  • Lack of emotiveness or impulse control

Treating Personality Disorder

The best treatment for your teenager depends on the personality disorder, its severity, and their life situation. Even if symptoms are mild and well-controlled, your teenager can benefit immensely from professional treatment to guide them in the right direction. Intensive treatment options are the best way to help keep personality disorders under control.