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Personality Disorders Unfairly Judged?

12/09/2014 12:28 BST | Updated 11/11/2014 10:59 GMT

One of the highest un talked about mental health problems, with many sufferers never revealing they have a personality disorder.

Have Society made their mind up on this issue?

Well with mental health equality a major talking point, it's time to shed light on one of the most misunderstood mental health problems.

I was in a school less than six months ago, when I pulled up a slide on personality disorders, a massive gasp came from the audience and when I asked what people thought personality disorders are,one member of the audience answered "Like serial killers" this answer shocked me but gave me more understanding of some parts of the public view on this issue.

So it doesn't come as a surprise that most sufferers don't open up about their illness.

1 in 20 people suffer from a personality disorder in England and go on after treatment to become great members of our society.

When talking to health professionals in this field, they say that many sufferers go on to be honest, caring, human beings and only a very small percentage go on to not be, but the health professional followed on by saying usually the reason behind that is they did not accept or react well to the therapy given.

One of the biggest connections people sadly make is between Personality Disorders and Crime, the relationship between these to has long been debated.

One argued there is no true link between the two and most personality disorder sufferers have never been involved with the police.

Sadly some articles argue against this point and say criminal activity and personality disorders have a very real connection.

Many films have had characters in that are described to be suffering personality disorders, but sadly most of them are seen a dangerous with in the film and not sympathised with.

A film I watched recently called "The Roommate" saw a young girl played by Leighton Meester sharing a college dorm with another girl played by Minka Kelly.

Leighton Meesters character becomes obsessed and controlling over Minka Kelly's character and she is described to have a personality disorder.

The way it was portrayed many argue was wrong and far from the truth, with it showing further use of stigmatising footage against mental illness.

Personality disorders are seeded into a cluster of A,B,C.

A- seed personality disorder sufferers who tend to have difficulty relating to others, some actions are very eccentric and it is directly linked to Paranoid Personality Disorder.

B- seed tend to struggle to regulate their feelings, with the way they see others fluctuating often between positive and negative opinions.

Some behaviours are described as dramatic, unpleasant, disturbing and over sensitive.

Mostly directed at Borderline Personality Disorder.

C- seed tend to be persistent and have overwhelming feelings of anxiety, fear, anti social and withdrawn.

Most directed at Avoidant Personality Disorder.

Either way people with personality disorder are not characters, seeds or all murderers in fact mostly all of them are not, they are human beings who need support and understanding.