Personality Disorders are enduring pattern of perceiving and thinking about the environment and one’s self. They are exhibited in a wide range of social and personal contexts and are inflexible and maladaptive. Personality disorders tend to appear in late childhood and adolescence, and continue into adulthood. It is unlikely for a diagnosis of personality disorders prior to the age of 16 or 17 years.
The symptoms of personality disorders are seen most clearly in a person’s behaviours within their relationships; including the way they interact and manage emotional turmoil. They are enduring through a person’s adult life and become a stable way of thinking and behaving.