Personality disorders are conditions in which an individual differs significantly from an average person, in terms of how they think, perceive, feel or relate to others.
Changes in how a person feels and distorted beliefs about other people can lead to odd behaviour, which can be distressing and may upset others.
Common features include:
- being overwhelmed by negative feelings such as distress, anxiety, worthlessness or anger
- avoiding other people and feeling empty and emotionally disconnected
- difficulty managing negative feelings without self-harming (for example, abusing drugs and alcohol, or taking overdoses) or, in rare cases, threatening other people
- odd behaviour
- difficulty maintaining stable and close relationships, especially with partners, children and professional carers
- sometimes, periods of losing contact with reality
Symptoms typically get worse with stress.1
The symptoms of personality disorders vary a great deal depending on the individual. The symptoms can be mild or severe. Most of the time, people who have a personality disorder think that they exhibit normal behaviour. Treatment is generally given using psychotherapy accompanied by medication.
The causes of personality disorder are not clearly defined. However, some medical experts think that genetic makeup and childhood experiences play a great role here.
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Acupuncture Treatment For Personality Disorders
Personality Disorder is a mental health condition which requires specialised psychiatric care. However, scalp acupuncture is effective for treating mild cases. The treatment given will involving two stimulation area. The first stimulation area is the line between Yintang (M-HN-3) and Shangxing (DU-23) and Shenting (DU-24). These acupoints are usually used for treating anxiety and palpitations. The second area of stimulation is the line between Taiyang (M-HN-9) and Tianchong (GB9) and Shuaigu (GB8). This second area is known as the area for the treatment of mental disorders.
- Personality Disorders: MedlinePlus, https://medlineplus.gov/personalitydisorders.html
- Symptoms and causes – Personality disorders – Mayo Clinic, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/personality-disorders/symptoms-causes/dxc-20247656
- What causes personality disorders?, http://www.apa.org/topics/personality/disorders-causes.aspx
- Scalp Acupuncture Treatment Protocol for Anxiety Disorders: A Case …, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4104565/