What’s the difference between these two common disorders? In my clinical practice, I’ve noticed is two things that I notice which differentiates the two; one is created by environmental circumstances and the other is developed, over the course of one’s childhood experiences in their lifetime.
A personality is something integral to every human being. Without a personality what are we? An empty shell existing? Every person has a personality, its people who have been abused during life’s that get labelled with this disorder. However, lets look at PTSD, a similar condition that is often misunderstood and labelled as PD? In the psychiatric community, this disorder isn’t so prevalent because people are labelled with PD, without full understanding of what causes either condition, as opposed to the true nature which is caused by – Trauma!
Personality disorder is labelled as such, because of childhood abuse. Yet isn’t abuse another name for – trauma?
PD has ten subcategories, cluster A is more ego eccentric, flamboyant and relates to the mental aspect, cluster B is emotionally driven and relates to people who have experienced emotional damage and cluster C tends to form from buried trauma’s and this relates to, or is driven by, anxiety. All these ten sub groups are identifiable and diagnosed, by behaviour! Which is why they are becoming so popular in todays culture.
Behaviour is the unconscious voice of the ego, which has many different mechanisms that help to hide the true feelings of the said person.
An alternative name that is now gaining momentum for behaviour in Cluster B is the re defined label of borderline and this has now been re-named as two sub groups, emotionally stable (EU) and emotionally unstable (ES)!
On the other hand, PTSD is diagnosed from an event that was traumatic by external circumstances, and doesn’t stipulate if the cause came from childhood, it could come from anytime during one’s life.
Therefore, PD is a trauma that is diagnosed for someone who suffered during development?
One is from a dysfunction from the intimate environment and the other is from a traumatic event from the external environmentThey both have the same fundamental causes underneath, and that is TRAUMA!