Personality problems refer to long-standing difficulties in areas such as emotions, relationships, thought processes, and behaviors which cause distress or impairment to the person or to individuals close to the person. Trouble regulating emotions refers to difficulty managing emotions so they neither get out of control nor remain completely unexpressed.
Relationship problems may refer to consistent difficulties establishing or maintaining friendships or romantic attachments, or to constantly conflictual relationships with others. Difficulties with thought processes may involve odd or unusual ways of seeing the world which tend to alienate others, or to suspicious thoughts that others are “out to get” the person or are in some way plotting against the person. Problematic behaviors may include such things as repeated unfaithfulness to a partner, consistently acting in a non-caring way towards others, frequent impulsive actions, constant avoidance of interactions with others, or always seeking to be the center of attention.