Unfortunately, most who suffer from a personality disorder rarely have enough insight into the behavior to recognize or describe it as a personality disorder.
They often suffer from severe secondary symptoms such as depression, relationship problems and poor academic or job performance. While some physical abnormalities in the brain can help identify personality disorders, research in this area hasn’t identified diagnosable markers across the board.
Usually, a close witness to everyday behavior and history is asked to answer questions about the behavior of the person being diagnosed. Criminal records and medical history may also be relevant to creating an accurate understanding of behavior patterns.
Not only can receiving diagnostic information from the client be difficult, but those who receive a diagnosis often struggle to stay in treatment. Though treatment for these disorders can be complex, a combination of therapy and medication has been proven effective as part of the collaborative care model.