Personality disorders are more common than you might think. When someone develops an issue with substance abuse, they are likely living with an undiagnosed personality disorder, mood disorder, or psychiatric disorder. Living with a mental illness increases the chances of developing a substance use problem. Prone to thrill seeking, maladaptive behaviors, and a skewed sense of reward, there is a heightened vulnerability to the powerful effects of substances.
Paranoid Personality Disorder
Living with paranoia isn’t always obvious. Paranoia is closely tied to anxiety disorders and can seep into every area of someone’s life. It is important to never write off someone’s worries and concerns when it comes to their paranoid thinking. Minimizing paranoid thinking is easy to do when someone is high functioning in their life. Behind the scenes, however, they might be riddled with crippling thoughts of paranoia.
Antisocial Personality Disorder
Antisocial personality disorder is also called being a sociopath. People who are antisocial don’t just avoid social interactions because they don’t like to. They have a constitutional inability to relate to other people and don’t find social settings interesting. Untreated, antisocial personality disorder can evolve into reckless and impulsive behaviors, often including substance abuse.
Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline personality disorder is one of the most difficult disorders to treat because “convincing” a patient that they have borderline is especially challenging for doctors. Borderline personality disorder doesn’t get as much attention as other disorders because it is so difficult to diagnose. Unable to develop, respect, or maintain boundaries, people with borderline struggle in their ability to relate to other people in a healthy way.
Dependent Personality Disorder
Codependency is full of varying traits that many people can identify with in different ways. Depending on someone else to meet your needs can turn into manipulation and control. Dependent personality disorder develops when someone becomes completely dependent upon other people for everything. Eventually driving people away, their loneliness and isolation can drive them to drink and use drugs.
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