Department of Psychiatry

Personality Disorders Resources

A personality disorder is a disturbance of feeling, thinking and behavior that results in characteristic and inflexible maladaptive responses to perceived stresses and in the way that individuals view themselves and respond to others. Resulting problematic emotional or behavioral responses cause the individual or others distress and impair role function. Individuals with personality disorders are at greater risk for major depression, substance use disorders and suicide than the general population. We now know that there are biological, environmental and social inputs to personality development and that these same factors can lead to personality disorder. This knowledge has allowed us to discover medical and psychotherapeutic interventions that can help individuals cope better with symptoms of personality disorder and to make changes in dimensions of their personality and coping repertoire that can lead to improved satisfaction and function in life.

The websites offered here are selected as starting points for clinicians, patients and loved ones to learn more about personality disorders, research in the field and the best practices in treatment and support for those affected by the disorder.

We hope you will find this site a helpful gateway to the world of information about personality disorders available on the internet.