Personality Changes

Personality Disorder causes and Treatment

Example of Personality Change

If someone exhibits the following behavior, then he is undergoing a personality change –

  • Being unconcerned  in situations which cause stress or aggravation
  • Being happy about hearing the tragic news.

The cause of a sudden change in personality

  • A sudden, drastic change could be caused due to an injury or illness.
  • Be on a lookout  for the following signs if a person demonstrates strange or unusual behavior in an emergency:
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Rapid breathing
  • Weak pulse
  • Shallow breathing
  • Low blood pressure 
  • Confusion
  • Lightheartedness
  • Difficulty talking

If such symptoms are seen in someone, he requires instant medical attention. Treat it as an emergency.

Causes of Personality Changes

The behavioral changes which continue for a long time can cause a change in personality. The reason may be one of the following occurrences-

Anxiety: If a person feels anxious, nervous and uneasy regularly then it is a case of generalized anxiety disorder.

Panic attacks: These are periods of extreme fear. People who panic without any rational reason are also not in sound mental health. 

Post-traumatic stress disorder: It is a mental health condition that shows extreme fear, flashbacks, and hallucinations and in some cases. The cause of PTSD lies in memories of a traumatic incident, like a terrorist attack, bomb blast or an accident.

Personality change treatment

A personality change that has its roots in a medical condition will subside after the treatment of the condition. But, in some cases, it does not work this way. 

If that is the case with you, the doctor will treat your condition differently. He might use mood-altering medications, according to the cause of your condition.

If you are suffering from hormonal imbalance, your personality change will be treated by giving you medications for balancing your hormones. These medications include replacement estrogen, birth control pills (low-dose) and progesterone injections.

The use of medicines and therapy in combination may be used for treating mental health conditions. The conditions such as anxiety disorder, panic disorder, PTSD, and bipolar disorder are treated this way.

Psychotherapy may also be recommended by your healthcare provider. Talk therapy can also help you to cope with stress and anxiety.