World Mental Health Day, This is the Difference between Personality Disorders and Mental Disorders


Suara.com – Although often unnoticed, there are many people around the world who suffer from mental disorders with a variety of causes, ranging from toxic family and social relationships, economic difficulties, genetic dispositions, to psychological factors. To broaden people’s understanding of mental health, World Mental Health Day is celebrated every October 10.

One of the most common mental disorders is personality disorder, which affects a person’s personal and social functioning.

To better understand the difference between personality disorders and mental disorders, see the explanation from dr. Samir Parikh, mental health and behavioral science expert at Fortis Healthcare, as reported by Healthshots.

According to dr. Parikh, mental disorders consist of disorders such as depression and anxiety. While personality disorders are part of mental disorders.

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Symptoms to look out for are prolonged episodes of depression, lethargy, sudden mood swings, withdrawal from society, relationship disturbances, and irrational paranoia.

Characteristics of personality disorders
According to dr. Parikh, people with personality disorders experience sudden changes in behavior and thinking.

The personality disorder will have an impact on self and interpersonal functioning.

A person will show pathological traits such as impaired self-identity, lack of empathy, and intimacy. These traits can adversely affect social functioning and create self-doubt in the patient’s mind.

The above characteristics are common among personality disorder patients. However, each type of personality disorder has distinctive features associated with it. Some of the common types of personality disorders include:

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  • Paranoid personality disorder: Includes the general suspicion that everyone disrespects or hurts them
  • Schizoid personality disorder: The patient avoids social interactions at all costs.
  • Antisocial personality disorder: The person develops a heightened disregard for the feelings of others.
  • Borderline personality disorder: A person may experience unstable emotions and mood swings.

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