Personality Disorder Service

What are Personality Disorders?

Personality Disorders are mental health conditions that affect how people manage their feelings and how they relate to themselves and others. People may behave in ways that are different to how others expect them to behave for example they might:

  • become overwhelmed by feelings such as anxiety, anger, worthlessness and distress  
  • feel emotionally disconnected from the world around them, or lose sense of reality
  • experience difficulties in maintaining stable and close relationships
  • have difficulty in managing negative thoughts without self harming e.g. using drugs and alcohol, taking overdoses or cutting themselves.

People with a Personality Disorder often have other mental health problems that they are being treated for such as depression or eating disorders. 

You can find more information about Personality Disorders on the NHS Choices website

Who we are

The Personality Disorder Service is a small, specialist service embedded within the adult community and inpatient mental health teams in Somerset.

Our main role is to provide support, training and supervision to frontline staff working with people who have personality disorders, in order to help reduce risk of harm and improve wellbeing. We also provide a small amount of individual and group treatment programmes.

Find out more about what we do.