COMMON PERSONALITY DISORDERS IN TEENS
Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline personality disorder, BPD, is very difficult to diagnose in young people due to the fact that its symptoms strongly mirror symptoms of other mental health disorders. According to the most recent publication of the DSM-5, (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), it states that BPD can be, albeit rarely, diagnosed in adolescents as young as thirteen years old. There was once a time that borderline personality disorder was considered to be a lifelong disorder, but new research indicates this is no longer necessarily the case.
Paranoid personality disorder, PPD, is a psychological disorder. A young person with PPD holds intense (erroneous) feelings that other people are dangerous and consistently out to get them. This can lead to a myriad of unhealthy social and emotional consequences. There are a number of reasons for paranoia to surface in a young person.
NARCISSISTIC, AVOIDANT, DEPENDENT PERSONALITY DISORDERS
There are many different types of personality disorders. The overarching commonalities of all of them is that a teenager with a personality disorder will often have an unhealthy way of thinking, behaving and or relating to outside stimuli (other people or situations) and or themselves. There are different signs and symptoms related to each type of personality disorder. There are, however, several symptoms that commonly arise in a teenager with a personality disorder, regardless of the type.
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