Personality disorders are typically not diagnosed until a patient is over eighteen years old because personality is still developing prior to that age. Most people will keep the same personality throughout their lives unless a traumatic event changes it.
A personality disorder test can be self-administered or administered by a professional; however, a proper evaluation and diagnosis must be conducted by a medical or mental health professional. Self-tests, such as the borderline personality disorder self-assessment and borderline personality disorder symptoms test, can be a helpful tool in recognizing various symptoms that may initiate seeking professional help.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) recognizes ten personality disorders, all of which are assessed by a personality disorder test:
Each of these conditions requires a unique treatment and care plan to be effective as they are all distinct and different conditions.
Thus, people should always follow up with their primary care doctor or therapist after taking a personality disorder test or any other kind of mental health assessment that indicates a condition.
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by difficulty regulating emotions, impulsivity, poor self-image, and frantic efforts to avoid abandonment. People with this disorder are more likely to have inappropriately intense emotional reactions to stressors and self-harm as a coping mechanism.
Other common borderline personality disorder symptoms include:
Borderline personality disorder is frequently comorbid with at least one other mental health condition. Some of the most common comorbid conditions that affect BPD include:
Children who have received verbal abuse throughout their childhoods are three times as likely to have borderline personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, or paranoid personality disorder as their peers who did not.
Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, is the most widely-used treatment for BPD. The most effective therapies are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Short-term hospitalization may be necessary in cases of extreme stress, anxiety, or feelings of suicidal thoughts.
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