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Identifying Signs of Personality Disorders in Emerging Adulthood

  • Posted at Jan 26, 2024
  • Written by Rebecca
Identifying Signs of Personality Disorders in Emerging Adulthood

As emerging adults embark on the journey of adulthood, it’s not uncommon to face various challenges and uncertainties. For some, these challenges may extend beyond the typical struggles and manifest as signs of a personality disorder. Understanding these signs is crucial for early recognition and seeking the necessary support. In this blog, we explore how emerging adults may discover if they are living with a personality disorder by identifying signs of personality disorders.

Chronic Relationship Difficulties

One of the early indicators of a potential personality disorder is persistent challenges in forming and maintaining meaningful relationships. Emerging adults may notice a pattern of tumultuous connections, frequent conflicts, or difficulties in establishing trust and intimacy.

Unstable Self-Image

Emerging adulthood is a time of self-discovery, but individuals with a personality disorder may grapple with an unstable self-image. This instability can lead to feelings of emptiness, confusion about one’s identity, and difficulty establishing a clear sense of self.

Impulsive Behavior

Impulsive behavior that goes beyond typical youthful experimentation may be a red flag. Emerging adults with a personality disorder may engage in impulsive actions without considering the consequences, such as reckless driving, substance abuse, or risky sexual behavior.

Intense Fear of Abandonment

A pervasive fear of abandonment, whether real or perceived, is a common theme in certain personality disorders. Emerging adults experiencing intense anxiety or engaging in extreme measures to avoid abandonment may need to explore these feelings further.

Difficulty Regulating Emotions

Managing emotions can be challenging during the transition to adulthood, but individuals with a personality disorder may experience intense and unpredictable mood swings that significantly impact their daily lives. Difficulty regulating emotions can interfere with academic, occupational, and social functioning.

Repeated Self-Harm or Suicidal Thoughts

Self-harming behaviors or persistent thoughts of suicide are serious indicators that should not be overlooked. Emerging adults grappling with these challenges may benefit from seeking professional help to explore the underlying causes and develop healthier coping mechanisms.

Chronic Feelings of Emptiness

A persistent sense of emptiness, despite external achievements or relationships, can be indicative of an underlying personality disorder. Emerging adults who find themselves unable to derive satisfaction or fulfillment may need to delve into the root causes of these feelings.

Difficulty Trusting Others

Establishing trust is a crucial aspect of forming healthy relationships, and emerging adults with personality disorders may struggle with trust issues. Whether stemming from past experiences or innate fears, difficulty trusting others can hinder social connections.

Lack of Accountability

Individuals living with a personality disorder may struggle to take responsibility for their actions. This lack of accountability can lead to challenges in personal and professional relationships, hindering personal growth and development.

Resistance to Seeking Help

Resistance to acknowledging or seeking help for persistent challenges may be a barrier to growth. Emerging adults who recognize signs of a personality disorder should consider the potential benefits of professional support, therapy, and intervention.

Getting Help for Personality Disorders at Yellowbrick

Identifying signs of a personality disorder during emerging adulthood is a crucial step toward fostering mental health and well-being. If you or someone you know resonates with these signs, seeking professional guidance and support can pave the way for understanding, growth, and the development of effective coping strategies.

At Yellowbrick, we prioritize the unique needs of emerging adults and provide a supportive environment for navigating the complexities of mental health. If you or an emerging adult who you love find that they are struggling with any of these symptoms and are willing to get help for a personality disorder, reach out to us today to learn more about our personality disorder treatment program.

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