“Why Am I So Mean to My Partner?”

by Andrea Blundell Nice to others, but once you are alone with your partner, another side roars out? Keep asking yourself, ‘why am I so mean to my partner?’ Why can’t I stop being so mean?  It’s a loaded question. And the answer might be something entirely different than you expect. It also varies depending … [Read Entire Story]

Living with BPD: a Borderline Personality Disorder Case Study

Curious if you have borderline personality disorder? Actress and columnist Nicola Thorp shares her personal experience of living with BPD, from getting a diagnosis, attending therapy, and navigating symptoms. What is it like to have BPD? “I started having what I refer to as ‘episodes’ when I was around six years old. They would usually … [Read Entire Story]

What is Schizoid Personality Disorder?

Are you seen as a loner? Been called ‘strange’ or ‘cold’ by others? Often prefer to just avoid socialising and be alone with your imagination? You might have schizoid personality disorder. What is schizoid personality disorder? Schizoid personality disorder (also shortened to ‘SPD’ or SzPD’) means you just aren’t cut out to be social and … [Read Entire Story]

A Personality Disorder Diagnosis – Helpful, or a Trap?

First, what are personality disorders? Personality disorders are labels created by mental health professionals to describe groups of people with ways of thinking, behaving, and seeing the world that do not fit the societal norm. A person seen as having a personality disorder has longstanding challenges with relating to other people and can find it [Read Entire Story]

What is Dissociative Disorder?

Dissociative disorders are a collection of mental health issues which involve an altered sense of reality where you feel disconnected from yourself and the world in general.  It’s thought that this tendency to disassociate starts as a defence mechanism when there is a need to cope with an overwhelming event, such as [Read Entire Story]

What is Histrionic Personality Disorder?

A personality disorder is a consistent and long-term pattern of thinking, behaving, and relating that leaves someone unable to match or manage the norms of the culture they are in. Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) sees an individual living with an overwhelming need to constantly be the centre of attention, often using seductive and manipulative behaviour to achieve this. With their sense … [Read Entire Story]

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

What is autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? Also called ‘autism spectrum condition’, it is a group of lifelong conditions that result from atypical brain development. Included are Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder, and pathological demand avoidance syndrome. An individual with ASD thinks and behaves in ways that can be perceived by others as unusual, especially when … [Read Entire Story]

What is Paranoid Personality Disorder?

A personality disorder is when your ingrained ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving are consistently different to others in ways that make relationships and functioning in society difficult. Paranoid personality disorder (PPD) involves a long-term pattern of being constantly suspicious and distrustful of others. It means you live life from the distorted perspective that everyone is malevolent … [Read Entire Story]

My Mother the Compulsive Hoarder – a Case Study

Hoarding affects approximately 2-5% of the population and has previously been considered a symptom of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). But recent research has found that hoarding is an independent disorder. Worried you or a loved one might be a hoarder? Read the facts and symptoms in our piece on Hoarding Disorder. So what is it like … [Read Entire Story]

What is Machiavellianism in Psychology?

What is Machiavellianism? Machiavellianism in psychology refers to a personality trait which sees a person so focused on their own interests they will manipulate, deceive, and exploit others to achieve their goals. Machiavellianism is one of the traits in what is called the ‘Dark Triad’, the other two being narcissism and psychopathy. The term itself derives from a … [Read Entire Story]

Hoarding Disorder -The Truth That Lies Beneath the Mess

Hoarding can be something it’s tempting to write off as eccentricity, a bad habit, or the result of laziness. But it is a real and overwhelming psychological condition where someone cannot discard or part with their items without feeling extremely distressed. And it’s always a vast array of items they feel they must ‘save’, often … [Read Entire Story]

What is Avoidant Personality Disorder?

Have you ever met someone you enjoyed great conversations with and thought you’d connected with, only to have them vanish without warning from your life? Someone who seemed very present and available – and then suddenly they are gone, or acting like nothing serious happened between you. There, then not there. You might have assumed … [Read Entire Story]

What is Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder?

Most of us have one or two things in life we like a certain way. Perhaps we can’t bear mess at home, hate things not going to schedule, or tend to be a bit controlling in relationships. For a person with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) the need to control life – for things to be [&# [Read Entire Story]

What is Munchausen Syndrome?

What is Munchausen Syndrome? What are the symptoms of Munchausen syndrome? And what is the treatment of Munchausens? Can if be cured? This article offers answers. [Read Entire Story]

Bipolar Disorder – What You Need to Know

What Is Bipolar Disorder?  Bipolar disorder involves a disruption in the processes of the brain that manage moods. Sufferers experience mental highs and lows during the course of their life in a way which is distressing and difficult to live with. People are usually diagnosed after they have experienced at least one episode of severe … [Read Entire Story]

What is Antisocial Personality Disorder?

Personality disorders are mental health conditions that manifest in the way someone thinks, feels and acts about others, and in how they perceive reality. The topic of personality disorders is something of a controversy in recent years. The DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a guide created and used in the United States [Read Entire Story]