Understanding your moods and relationships
The terms "personality disorder" and "mood disorder" are two different categories used to describe diagnoses characterized by rigid, inconsistent and unproductive patterns of thinking and behaving. Mannerisms associated with these disorders are often hurtful, frustrating and confusing to loved ones and individuals in their social groups. Commonly recognizable diagnoses include Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder, but there are many other lesser known diagnoses.
Current research suggests causes including genetics, a history of trauma or abuse, and cultural influences. The goals of treatment typically include reducing residual anxiety or stress as a result of symptoms, educating clients on their diagnosis, and modifying behaviors that prevent the client from sustaining quality of life and healthy relationships.