Teen Personality Disorders are a form of mental illness in which teens have a skewed, often rigid, and manipulative way of thinking and behaving, both in relationships with other people and with regard to themselves. Very often, teens with Personality Disorders are unable to understand and/or adhere to social standards or norms, which leads to difficulty and obstacles within relationships, expectations, and general responsibilities.
While many of the symptoms of Teen Personality Disorders are specific type of condition, there are some symptoms that are common amidst all Personality Disorders. Some of these symptoms include:
- Inappropriate/ unpredictable behavior
- Difficulty following societal norms/expectations
- Manipulative behavior
- Difficulty maintaining relationships
- Stubborn and demanding attitude
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
As the name implies, teen narcissistic personality disorder is a mental illness in which teens view all things only with relationship to themselves. Teens with narcissistic personality disorder not only have a high opinion of themselves, but tend to have a distorted perception of other people and situations, due to naturally valuing themselves and their perspective, over others.
Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline personality disorder is a mental illness characterized specifically by teens having extreme difficulty having healthy relationships and forming new ones. This is because the teens’ behavior is often erratic and manipulative, and therefore not agreeable to being in relationship with others. It’s common for these behaviors to stem from or be related to the teens’ overall tendencies toward moodiness, anxiety, and insecurity.
Paranoid Personality Disorder
Paranoid personality disorder is a mental health condition in which teens suffer from an overwhelming sense of anxiety and suspicion of others. Even in instances where there’s no logical reason to fear people’s motives, teens with paranoid personality disorder tend to have extreme paranoia nonetheless, causing them to distance themselves from others and avoid close relationships.
Dependent Personality Disorder
Dependent personality disorder is a mental health condition in which teens have an overwhelming dependency upon other people and have extreme difficulty acting independently, even in basic ways. Beyond just having insecurities and/or seeking affirmation, teens with dependent personality disorder depend on others to a degree of it having unhealthy effects in their lives.
Teen personality disorders are different from many other forms of mental illnesses and also can vary greatly, depending on the individual. Because of this, it’s common for teen personality disorder treatment to involve a wide range of focuses, but always with special attention paid to the teens’ behaviors. Because the behaviors of teens with personality disorders are often compulsive, treatment often involves helping teens to evaluate their behaviors more objectively, and over time, learn to adapt more healthy behaviors, especially within relationships.
Paradigm New York:
Located in just outside of New York City, Paradigm New York provides teen personality disorder treatment to teens struggling with all different forms of personality disorders. Grounded in a holistic approach, employing both traditional and experimental therapeutic techniques, we first seek to help teenagers learn to observe their thought patterns, behaviors, and the effects thereof. With this groundwork, we can then work with teens to begin changing behaviors and developing healthier habits, as well as working with teens to develop a healthier world view and sense of self. At Paradigm New York, we provide treatment to teens from New York as well as from many different cities across the nation.