Personality disorders

"Patients often seek help from the professional when the behavior has caused significant problems in their work or personal relationships".


What is a personality disorder?

Personality disorders are a group of mental pathologies that have in common the fact that they constitute permanent patterns of internal experiences that deviate markedly from what is expected in the culture to which the patient belongs and that affect various areas of that person's habitual functioning, such as thoughts, emotions or impulse control.

These maladaptive behavior patterns begin in adolescence or early adulthood, are inflexible, exaggerated and permanent over time, occur in a wide variety of personal and social situations, causing clinically significant discomfort or lead to a deterioration in social, work, etc.

What are the symptoms of a personality disorder?

Some subtypes are more frequent in males (e.g. antisocial personality disorder) and others, such as borderline or dependent disorder, are more frequent in females.

Personality disorders are more frequent when other psychopathological conditions are associated, such as an affective disorder, substance abuse or an eating behavior disorder.

In fact, most of the time, it is these problems that lead the patient to the psychiatrist's office and as a consequence, the basic personality disorder is diagnosed.

The most common symptoms are:

  • Inadaptation.
  • Problems with social relationships.
  • Problems at work or at school.

Do you have any of these symptoms?

You may have a personality disorder

How is personality disorder treated?

The symptoms may respond to psychotherapeutic and pharmacological treatment.

The treatment is based on psychopharmacological intervention, together with a psychotherapeutic intervention, both at individual and family level, according to the peculiarities of each patient, their motivation to change and the specific type of personality pathology they present.

Where do we treat it?


The Department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology of the
of the Clínica Universidad de Navarra

Through a multidisciplinary work, the Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology assists patients in a comprehensive way: it identifies the main causes of the disease and provides an individual approach with the most appropriate and effective treatments. 

Thanks to the experience of its team, it is able to offer the most advanced biological therapies, as well as an adequate psychotherapeutic orientation. In this way, the patient is helped to solve both personality problems and alterations in interpersonal and family dynamics.

Organized in specialized units

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Why at the Clinica?

  • Integral evaluation of the patient.
  • Personalized diagnosis.
  • Multidisciplinary team.

Our team of professionals

Psychiatric specialists with experience in the diagnosis and treatment of personality disorders