Personality difficulties. This is an umbrella term covering a wide range of different aspects of us as a person that can lead us to have problems, e.g., problems in how we handle our emotions, how we get on with others, difficulties getting close to others, difficulties in our interactions with others, difficulty when communicating with other people. We might have fewer resources or missed out on learning ways to cope with life’s challenges. Our social skills may be letting us down.
We may find it hard to cope with change, loss, perceived/real abandonment, etc.
A Formulation is an understanding of what led you to have your problems and the factors that stop you from being able to overcome them. This then helps the Clinical Psychologist to choose what they believe will be the most appropriate therapy approach (or combination of) to offer you. Finding the right fit between you and the Clinical Psychologist (as a person) is helpful as well as discussing how the working relationship is going so that, for example, any difficulties you have getting on with people do not get in the way of you being able to work with your Clinical Psychologist. To trouble shoot any such difficulties early on and throughout therapy is an aim. The Clinical Psychologist offering help for personality difficulties can then tailor the therapy to you and your needs.
We are not so concerned with diagnosis for its own sake, we want to look at overcoming problems with personality disorders, whether it's a diagnosis of Emotionally Unstable personality, EUPD, BPD, Borderline Personality, Dependent Personality, etc. Meeting a Psychologist help for personality problems for an assessment is a good start.
See also: Issues relating to early life experiences; Difficulties with managing your emotions; Anger issues; Anxiety and worry; Attachment difficulties; Depression / low mood; Mood disorders; Substance use issues (e.g., alcohol); Trauma (including Complex Trauma); PTSD; Relationship difficulties; Self-confidence and; Self-esteem.
Written by © Dr Jurai Darongkamas, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, (with over 35 years’ experience). The above has been written to provide a brief overview for the reader. It should not be used as a basis for any action until after obtaining a professional opinion about your unique difficulties, strengths, circumstances, life history, etc.