“Personality disorders” are some of the most misunderstood psychiatric disorders in and out of the mental health community. There is often significant stigma surrounding the diagnoses of personality disorders, especially Narcissistic Personality Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. One of the reasons for this is that the complexities of these struggles – both for the individual and loved ones around them – can be hard to live with and hard to understand.
For individuals living with such struggles, I want to acknowledge that the name (“Personality Disorder”) sounds stigmatizing in itself! Despite the name, it does not mean that your personality is “disordered,” corrupt, or bad. Rather, it is an imperfect way to capture a cluster of interpersonal (with others) and intrapersonal (within yourself) challenges .