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What Are The Signs Of A High-Functioning Personality Disorder?

What Are The Signs Of A High-Functioning Personality Disorder?

Recently, we discussed the myth of the high-functioning personality disorder. The persuasive illusion can be dangerous, leading professionals down a perpetual path of denial. Though the debate is alive as to whether high-functioning personality disorder should be considered real, there are real signs that a professional in your workplace or your life may be living with one.

First, understand personality disorders

Personality disorders are categorized into three “clusters”: A, B, and C. Each cluster has a distinct set of characteristics which each of the personality disorders included in that cluster meet. There are ten personality disorders that are formally recognized.

A mood disorder is different from a personality disorder, though a personality disorder can affect mood and vice versa.

What is typically most difficult for people with personality disorders is the way they relate to themselves, other people, and the world around them. As with any mental illness, a personality disorder does not mean that someone is a bad person and needs to find a way to become a good person. Professionals living with personality disorders are living with a specific illness from which they need to recover. The recovery process can begin as soon as a professional is ready to accept the help they need.

Signs To Look Out For

People with personality disorders can be difficult to work with, and a struggle for employers to understand how to help.If you believe a professional in your workplace or your life may be high-functioning with a personality disorder, look for these signs:

  • Relationship problems seem to be a recurrent theme in the workplace and outside of the workplace.
  • Conflict with coworkers, bosses, customers, clients, and others outside of their personal life happens frequently enough to be noticed. Possibly, they bring issues with their outside relationship problems into their professional life, signaling a difficulty with boundaries.
  • Thinking patterns aren’t healthy, which makes it difficult to strategize, plan long term, offer constructive feedback, or result in any productive work. They see the world as black and white, all or nothing, with little grey area or compromise in between.
  • Drama is consistent in their life, constantly interrupting their professional responsibilities, as well as their professional aspirations. Drama usually isn’t intentional, but is often self-created.
  • There are “issues” present persistently causing problems. Everyone has their own “issues” which cause certain stresses in their life. Typically for people living with untreated personality disorder, their “issues” are unacknowledged by them, yet apparent to everyone else.

Until a diagnosis is obtained by a licensed professional, it will be a struggle to deal fairly with navigating the needs of the person struggling with the personality disorder.

Treatment for personality disorders

Treatment for personality disorders are available. There is a range of therapies recovery centers use, from behavioral therapies to cognitive behavioral therapy to psychotherapy and medication. Our Professionals Treatment Program was designed by professionals for professionals using the best practices proven to change lives.

Call the Center For Professional Recovery today: 855-422-4129

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