Personality disorders are a characterized by enduring dysfunctional patterns of behavior, thought and emotional experience. These patterns demonstrate themselves across different contexts and deviate significantly from societal cultural norms and expectations. Patterns are characterized by cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal and emotional rigidity that create significant distress in individuals and interfere with their functioning. Functioning appears to be impaired across interpersonal and occupational domains. The maladaptive coping skills that result from this rigidity often co-occur with emotional dysregulation, anxiety and or depression. Typically, the onset of personality disorders occurs in adolescence or the beginning of adulthood.