Personality disorders are characterized by patterns of maladaptive behavior, inner experience, and thoughts that are exhibited across multiple contexts. Often people can wonder if having a personality disorder means there’s something wrong with their personality, and that’s not how we think about it here at Brooklyn Minds. In this context, personality means longstanding patterns, disorder means it’s a problem for you or others in your life. We think of personality disorders as not being able to trust the information you’re getting from your world or from yourself. For example, if anyone has ever told you that you looked great and you got angry at them and wondered why they said that, that’s what we’re talking about. Problems with identity, sense of purpose, empathy, and satisfying intimacy in your life are what we often see in people with personality disorders and our treatments are designed to help you with those things. The labels don’t really matter, but people have used those labels in the past, so we will often reference them so you can have access to other information or resources.