There are 3 different types of personality disorders, they are broken down into Cluster A, Cluster B and Cluster C. They range from odd, dramatic and anxious. Each section focuses on a different category of disorder that can be harmless to harmful depending which one it is and how severe they are.
Cluster A- The odd and bizarre category focuses on the paranoid disorders, as well as the schizoid types.
Cluster B- The erratic and dramatic category focuses on antisocial and narcissistic ones.
Cluster C- Is the avoidant and obsessive/compulsive ones.
In the Cluster A category, it talks about the schizoid and paranoid disorders. They are the ones where people have a paranoid distrust of others. They are very distant from people, including friends and family and have lost touch with reality. They seem to live in their own world where everything is against them. They also tend to have voices that tell them everyone is bad and they can’t trust anyone. One of the biggest disorders in this category is Schizophrenia.
In cluster B you have the antisocial and narcissistic people. These people tend to disregard feelings of others, have a hard time fitting in, and can even project their own insecurities off onto others. Most people in this category are emotionally unstable, have severe anxiety and can appear to be selfish or insensitive.
Then that just leave Cluster C where you have the avoidant and obsessive disorders. People in this category tend to have a constant fear of embarrassment which is why they so often avoid social interactions. They lack self-confidence, have a fear of abandonment and have to have things in a certain order or schedule. If they can’t control their environment they tend to have a breakdown. People in this category often end up with ones from Cluster B because they seek approval and Cluster B feeds off of their insecurities. Most of those types of relationships end up being very abusive for the person who falls into the Cluster C category.
Personality disorders are different than mood disorders but they both tend to affect people in similar ways. They are not easily controlled so the next time you come across someone with these traits try to put yourself in their shoes. Most of them don’t even realize they have these disorders and have not received the help they need in order to control them. It’s not easy to deal with something that you can’t control or even realize you are doing. Try to have compassion as we never know what someone is dealing with.