Help services for personality disorders

Personality disorders are mental disorders that can affect the way someone thinks, behaves and interacts with the people around them. Check out the first step you should take, and some of the info and services available for people with personality disorders, including online support groups. Find out what to do if you need help urgently.

This might be helpful if

  • You know someone with a personality disorder
  • You’ve got a personality disorder and you’re looking for support
  • You’re interested in learning more about personality disorders

Why support services can help with personality disorders

A personality disorder is a condition where someone’s personality traits, like the characteristic ways they think, feel and behave, are extreme and often cause them great distress and dysfunction in their life.  

Personality disorders can be difficult to deal with, however there are different services that can help. With the right support in place, people with personality disorders can manage their symptoms and lead increasingly satisfying and fulfilling lives. This includes putting in place good support networks, including friends and family, as well as seeking the advice of a mental health professional.

What’s the first thing to do?

If someone needs help urgently, go to our emergency help page.

If you think you, or someone you know, might have symptoms of a personality disorder, it’s really important to involve mental health professionals – they’ll  be able to help figure out what’s going on and will be able to refer you to the most appropriate help for you. 

There are many different treatment options for people with personality disorders, the most common being Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), which aims to help people identify, manage and change your emotional responses to things.

Online support groups

Check out some of the different online support groups where people share their experiences with personality disorders (just be sure to read their forum guidelines first!): has online forum threads about different personality disorders.

Out of the fog is an online info and support website for family members and friends of people with personality disorders.

The Shack provides online support and referral service for people with Borderline Personality Disorder and their families and carers. 

Borderline Personality Disorder Family provides online support site for families/friends of someone with Borderline Personality Disorder.

If you need help urgently

Visit our emergency help page for more info including telephone counselling services, or get in touch with the mental health crisis team in your state. You can also get in touch with:

• eheadspace offers an online chat counselling service, available 7 days a week 1pm-1am AEST.

Kids Helpline's web-based and email counselling service is available 24/7 for young people up to 25yrs.

• Lifeline's online chat counselling service is available 7:30-10:30pm AEST Monday-Thursday.

What can I do now?

Last reviewed: 09 May, 2016
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