There are several different kinds of personality disorders. Symptoms of a personality disorder can vary greatly from person to person, however, common signs that an individual may be challenged with a personality disorder may include: social isolation, sudden and extreme anger, low impulse control, abuse, poor management of personal relationships, frequent substance abuse, depression, fear of abandonment, self-image issues, complications attaching in relationship to others, violence, self victimization, eating disorders, and control issues.
Due to their obtuse nature, personality disorders are only diagnosed when other potential diagnoses have been ruled out. This diagnosis has a lifelong timeline, and if left untreated, can lead to instances of abuse and/or suicide in acute cases.
Treatment for these disorders usually includes psychotherapy, medications, hospitalization (only in acute situations) or a combination of all the above. Working with a team of experienced doctors to provide full physical and emotional support is often most effective. Being loyal to your course of treatment is important with this condition.