In more plain words and clear language, a Personality Disorder is both categorically and fundamentally a deviation in the human mind which has its adverse effect or negative impact in the human will, the human emotion and thinking process – considering that the wholeness of the human person precisely consists in the functional unity of the previously said three constitutive elements which bring about the wholeness of the human person. Let it be said though that more than anything else, it is the human mind that is usually considered as key constituent element of a human person.
In still more elementary language therefore, a Personality Disorder is irregularity in the mental functions of an individual who then exhibits a combined not normal – not ordinary, not standard, not expected – behavioral (actuation and reaction) pattern. The mere mention of “Mental Hospital” immediately brings to mind where those with severe or terminal thinking, acting and reacting abnormality are brought to be attended to by Psychiatrists. Whether they really become partially or totally cured is another question – although through proper and continuous medications, they become less abnormal but not altogether normal as a rule.
Different experts in Psychiatry understandably proffer different reasons for the various causes of Personality Disorders – something that is expected, considering the nature (organic constitution, thinking attribution and intricate working) of the human mind. To know, to understand and to analyze, to conclude, to remember and to argue, to reason out, to prove disprove something, to distinguish between truth and falsehood, between reality and falsity – plus other tasks seemingly without limitation – these are some of the more common intricate and impressive functions of the human mind. So it is that science is null without the workings of the human mind.
Among the more commonly known and invoked causes of Personality Disorders – erratic behavioral manifestations that are unexpected of ordinary individuals as they interact in society from the personal to the community levels – are usually the following, be they the actual provenance or not, of given mental malady: Inter-marriage between close blood relatives. Dysfunctional domestic environ. Experiential trauma. There are certainly other factors considered causative of Personality Disorders but the aforesaid three origins are the ones most commonly invoked. Following are the usually listed Personality Disorders:
1. Anti-Social Personality Disorder
2. Avoidant Personality Disorder
3. Borderline Personality Disorder
4. Dependent Personality Disorder
5. Histrionic Personality Disorder
6. Narcissistic Personality Disorder
7. Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
8. Paranoid Personality Disorder
9. Schizoid Personality Disorder10. Schizotypal Personality Disorder