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Personality Disorders

Personality disorders are deeply rooted beliefs that lead to a person behaving in a certain way.

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What happens during personality disorders therapy?

Doctors treat Personality Disorders with group and individual therapy services. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is one treatment regimen we utilize due to its effectiveness in treating Personality Disorders.
 
DBT will assist in regulating emotions, tolerating distress, being mindful of the present, and having healthy relationships. Medication regimens may treat the symptoms of personality disorders such as impulsivity, irritability, or anxiety.

What makes personality disorders hard to treat?

Personality disorders are deeply rooted beliefs that lead to a person behaving in a certain way. Also, these beliefs are often learned during childhood and carried as a filter for perception later in life.
 
In addition, the person may not realize these deeply ingrained beliefs, and a therapist may never know that they exist if they are unable to reach a high level of trust. People with personality disorders tend to drop out of treatment at a higher rate. This has made it hard for researchers to collect data and fully understand the condition. Personality disorders can be harmful to those with them and the ones around them. People with personality disorders will usually act out at themselves or toward others. For example, people with a borderline personality disorder will tend to hurt themselves.
 
This is to get relief from negative emotions they are having about themselves. While people with an avoidant personality disorder may be manipulative because they believe that all people are manipulative, and if they do it first, they have the upper hand.

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Personality disorder treatment is difficult because:

  • Patients drop out of therapy.
  • They do not trust their therapists.
  • Patients do not understand what their underlying issues are.
  • There is not much-advanced research about the condition.
  • Reports of successfully treated patients are far and few between.

 

As you can imagine, one of the significant problems in treating personality disorders is the juxtaposition that the disorder puts the patient in with the therapist.
 
In addition, the patient’s perception makes it almost impossible or them to be treated.
 
A personality disorder treatment program has found that the best ways to treat personality disorders are through the use of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

What are common symptoms of personality disorders?

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition (DSM-5), There are three categories or clusters of personality disorders based on common symptoms.

Cluster A Personality Disorders are characterized by eccentric and unusual thinking and behaviors. Cluster A Personality Disorders include:

  • Paranoid Personality Disorder: Pattern of distrust and suspiciousness of others and perception that others are deceiving them.
  • Schizoid Personality Disorder: Detachment from relationships, restricted range of emotional expression, and prefer solitary activities.
  • Schizotypal Personality Disorder: Eccentric behaviors, excessive social anxiety, superstitious and cognitive distortions.
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What to Expect?

Personality disorder treatment will know what you are going through. In addition, they will work with you to help you to get a hold of your confusing behaviors and emotions. Having a personality disorder is not the end of the world, and with a bit of work, people can live normal lives.

 

When you go into mental health treatment, you will be assessed for the severity of your symptoms. Also, this is where you'll learn if you're staying at the facility or not. Getting help for your personality disorder is brave, be proud of yourself!

Mental Health Treatment Modalities

Through cognitive behavioral therapy, we can help you identify negative thinking, feelings, or beliefs that you may have that are standing in the way of overcoming your mental disorder.

 

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