In the Boxing Ring

Personality Disorders

The term 'personality disorder' can make it feel like there is something 'wrong' with the person experiencing such a condition, but in reality it just means they experience and view the world in a slightly different way to many of us. And of course, as athletes, we are not exempt from this.

There are a number of different personalty disorders, each characterised in different ways:

  • Suspicious personality disorders

    • Such as ​paranoid personality disorder, schizoid personality disorder, schizotypal personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder

  • Emotional and impulsive personality disorders

    • Such as borderline personality disorder, ​histrionic personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder

  • Anxious personality disorders

    • Such as avoidant personality disorder, ​dependant personality disorder, obsessive compulsive personality disorder

Symptoms vary greatly depending on the type. You can read about each individual personality disorder and their symptoms here.

Personality disorder diagnoses are controversial. You can read more about why this is considered to be the case on the Mind website.

Do you think you have, or know someone who has a personality disorder? Click the buttons below for further information around support.

Please note, this information is not intended to encourage people to self-diagnose. Please seek help from a medical professional if you feel that you need support with your mental health.

If you need urgent mental health support please contact Samaritans on 116 123. If your life is in danger, call 999 for an ambulance or go straight to A&E. There is no shame in asking for help.