What Are Personality Disorders?

A personality disorder is a serious psychological condition that adversely affects a person throughout his or her lifetime. It is marked by patterns of behavior that interfere with one’s ability to function in all areas of life. The symptoms usually begin in childhood or adolescence, and continue into adulthood.

In some cases, a severe personality disorder may prevent a person from consistently supporting himself or herself. If you or a loved one is suffering from a condition that makes it impossible to work, you may be interested in learning more about disability benefits. For more information, call the Indiana long-term disability attorneys of Hankey Law Office, at (800) 520-3633.

Personality Disorder Clusters

The American Psychological Association currently recognizes 10 different personality disorders. These disorders are divided into “clusters” based on certain shared characteristics. The three clusters are:

  • Cluster A (Odd) – These disorders are characterized by an inability to meet common social expectations. People who suffer from them are often “unusual” in their appearances, speech patterns, and/or lifestyles. This cluster includes the paranoid, schizoid, and schizotypal personality disorders.
  • Cluster B (Dramatic) – These disorders are characterized by extreme or exaggerated behaviors. People who suffer from them are often excessively dramatic in their speech and actions. This cluster includes the histrionic, antisocial, narcissistic, and borderline personality disorders.
  • Cluster C (Anxious) – These disorders are characterized by highly anxious or fearful responses to benign situations. People who suffer from them often display intense anxiety in response to typical daily situations. This cluster includes the avoidant, obsessive-compulsive, and dependent personality disorders.

These disorders are often very painful and isolating for the people who suffer from them. In some cases, they make it nearly impossible for individuals to find or maintain a job. In such cases, sufferers may be eligible for long-term disability benefits.

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