The idea of having a “personality disorder” is a controversial one. It seems to imply that your entire personality is inherently flawed, but in reality it is very treatable.

Many people are therefore frightened of getting a personality disorder diagnosis. In reality, personality disorders can be effectively treated using talking therapies. A diagnosis of a personality disorder is not an indication that your mental health issues cannot be managed, contrary to popular belief.

What are personality disorders?

There are 10 types of personality disorder, all falling into different “clusters”. These clusters are called A (odd, bizarre, eccentric), B (dramatic, erratic) and C (anxious, fearful). Cluster A consists of Paranoid, Schizoid, and Schizotypal Personality Disorders. Cluster B consists of Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Histrionic Personality Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder. Cluster C consists of Avoidant, Dependent, and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorders. These names are all fairly self-explanatory, with the exception of Borderline Personality Disorder, where the term “borderline” refers to being on a borderline between a diagnosis of psychosis and a diagnosis of neurosis.

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How do I know if I have a personality disorder?

Different personality disorders have very different symptoms. They are grouped together under the umbrella term “personality disorder’ because of the fact that they all involve intense emotions and behaviour. You can read up about some of the commoner types of personality disorders on the following pages:

Personality disorders are often stigmatised due to a lack of understanding, so it can be daunting telling family and friends that you are suffering from one. At Harley Therapy Clinic an integral part of our therapy is helping you learn to explain to others confidently what is wrong with you and the steps you are taking to improve your life and the lives of those around you.

What can I do about my personality disorder?

Structured therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and psychodynamic therapy have all proven to be particularly useful in the treatment of personality disorders, teaching patients healthy reactions to everyday situations. At Harley Street Therapy Clinic we strive to provide the best tailored treatments for each type of personality disorder. If you are unsure whether or not you have a personality disorder, a thorough consultation will allow one of our therapists to determine what your needs are.

For more information call 0753 718 1090 or email To book a Virtual Therapy appointment with the Online Therapy Company, please fill in the online booking form.

Author – Dr Aisha Ali – DPsych Couns Psych, ADOS 2 Certified B.Psych (Hons)

Dr Aisha Ali is a highly experienced BPS Chartered Counselling Psychologist and Expert witness with over 15 years experience of working within the NHS in complex care and private practice. She has extensive experience of working with individuals, couples and families presenting with complex psychological and emotional issues. Aisha provides life and performance coaching.

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