Personality Disorders

Welcome to our Personality Disorders self-help page. Here we explore what personality disorders are, possible causes and how you can access support and treatment. We also share guidance for family and friends and tips for helping yourself

What are Personality Disorders?

If you have a personality disorder, you may think, feel and behave in ways which are significantly different from others. These differences can make life extremely challenging in ways such as:

  • Becoming emotionally overwhelmed by negative feelings or feeling emotionally disconnected
  • Becoming socially isolated and experiencing difficulty in maintaining stable, close relationships with others
  • Feeling that you need to supress your emotions through the abuse of substances such as alcohol or drugs

Stress can aggravate the symptoms of personality disorder. Most people find their symptoms begin to emerge in adolescence and may be due to experiences such as childhood abuse and neglect.

The following leaflets will help explain what personality disorder is, the different types, what causes it, treatment, self-care and information for friends and family

What do other people say?

Debbie discusses how living in a therapeutic community and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy helped her with Borderline Personality Disorder 


Katie shares her experience of inpatient care 


Lucy talks about receiving a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder 


Sarah discusses her experience of being diagnosed with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder 


Heather talks about not being ashamed of her Borderline Personality Disorder diagnosis 

Useful Contacts


Overview: a supportive, online community for anyone experiencing a mental health problem


Overview: information and advice regarding drugs#
Telephone: 0300 123 6600

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)

Overview: provides support for survivors of childhood abuse
Telephone: 0808 801 0331

NHS Choices – Personality Disorder

Overview: Information on personality disorders and recommended NHS treatment

Have you checked out our Online Directory? There you will find a vast database of local organisations who offer support and advice across a variety of areas

References (2016). Borderline personality disorder - NHS Choices. [online] Available at: [Accessed 10 Oct. 2016] (2016). Personality disorders | Mind, the mental health charity - help for mental health problems. [online] Available at: [Accessed 10 Oct. 2016] (2016). Personality disorder - NHS Choices. [online] Available at: [Accessed 10 Oct. 2016] (2016). Borderline personality disorder - NHS Choices. [online] Available at: [Accessed 10 Oct. 2016] 

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