Personality disorders are a group of mental health conditions. People with personality disorders have trouble relating to others. They often have a poor sense of self and may struggle with relationships, work, school, and social situations. People with personality disorders are often unaware that they have a mental health condition. This makes it particularly challenging for loved ones.

Personality disorders can hijack your relationships and self-worth. Co-occurring issues like substance abuse may compound your problems. An expert personality disorder treatment program helps you get to the root causes of these difficulties. Repair your relationships and learn a better way of life.

What Is Treatment of Personality Disorders Like?

Promises’ mental health experts treat a range of personality disorders and co-occurring issues. People with personality disorders often struggle with addiction, eating disorders, and intimacy disorders. Promises’ personality disorder treatment addresses these challenges. Our treatment plans include therapies that target your specific needs. Medications can sometimes be useful when combined with therapy.

The first step of personality disorder treatment is to assess your psychological needs. We’ll determine which personality disorder(s) you have. For example, you may be evaluated for some of the following:

We follow specific diagnostic criteria. Then we adapt your treatment plan according to your needs. For example, a person with borderline personality will need treatments for BPD. These may include dialectical behavior therapy. Treatment of personality disorders will vary based on your diagnosis. We also diagnose and treat co-occurring mental illness and addiction.

Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Personality disorders often co-occur with addiction and mental illnesses like depression. Personality disorders can fuel these challenges or vice versa. Our treatment programs include comprehensive care for the range of issues you’re experiencing. We provide drug and alcohol detox as necessary. Addiction experts will help you recover from substance abuse and learn healthy coping skills. Our psychiatric team is experienced in treating mental illnesses. We’ll help you get “unstuck” in destructive behaviors and thought patterns.

Effective Treatments for Personality Disorders

Personality disorders each have distinguishing characteristics. They also have a lot of overlap in symptoms. Much of the research focuses on borderline personality disorder treatment. Many treatments for borderline personality disorder are also effective for other personality disorders.

Personality disorder treatment options may include:

Individual Therapy

You’ll meet one-on-one with a therapist. This gives you a chance to dig into issues causing you emotional pain. Our therapists may draw on approaches such as:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is an effective treatment for many mental illnesses. It’s also useful in substance abuse recovery. CBT helps people to recognize dysfunctional thought patterns. They learn ways to manage or replace these thoughts with more accurate and useful ones. People learn how their thoughts are fueling unhealthy behaviors.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is an effective treatment for borderline personality disorder and other mental health disorders. Its origins are in cognitive behavioral therapy. Dialectical behavior therapy focuses on emotional regulation. DBT combines principals of CBT and mindfulness. The approach helps people acknowledge intrusive thoughts and intense feelings. They learn to accept them for what they are and not act on them. They also learn to recognize that destructive thoughts and behaviors aren’t working for them. Then, they replace unhealthy responses with healthy coping skills.

Anger Management

girl with personality disorder getting personality disorder treatment at promises for behavioral health Behavioral therapy that helps people manage anger can be a useful personality disorder treatment. Anger management is especially helpful in treating borderline personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder. Issues with anger are often part of these types of personality disorders. Anger management helps people:

  • Recognize they’re becoming angry
  • Use healthy coping skills to remain calm
  • Communicate displeasure and needs in an effective way

Group Therapy

Treatment of personality disorders includes several types of group therapy sessions. You’ll take part in process groups that cover topics like shame, interpersonal issues, and healthy coping skills. Your treatment plan may also include group experiences like psychodrama and adventure therapy. Group therapy is particularly important in the treatment of personality disorders. People with personality disorders have trouble with relationships. Group therapy provides a mirror into the way others perceive you. This helps you develop more effective ways of relating to others.

Family Therapy

Interpersonal issues are a key aspect of many personality disorders. Relationships with loved ones are often strained. We offer family therapy to help you begin repairing your relationships. You and your loved ones will learn how to communicate better. You’ll address difficult topics with the guidance of trained mental health professionals.

Psychiatric Care

You’ll meet with our psychiatric team. Medication may be used for Axis II personality disorders. Research and clinical trials suggest useful medications for personality disorders include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Antipsychotics
  • Mood stabilizers

In particular, research suggests medications may be effective treatments for people with BPD as well as:

  • Schizotypal personality disorder
  • Avoidant personality disorder
  • Antisocial personality disorder

It’s important that medications are used in combination with behavioral therapy.

Alternative Approaches

We treat personality disorders from a whole-person approach. At Promises, treatment options go beyond talk therapy. We offer several alternative therapies. These may include activities like:

  • Psychodrama
  • Art therapy
  • Adventure therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Yoga
  • Equine therapy

Continuing Care

You’ll gain healthy coping skills during mental health treatment. We’ll also help you plan for life after Promises. You’ll continue healing from mental illness and substance abuse with resources in your community. These may include:

  • Outpatient treatment or sober-living residences
  • Couples and family therapy
  • Appointments with medical professionals for medication (psychiatric) management
  • Appointments with counselors trained in therapy for personality disorders
  • Support groups like Codependents Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous

Live Better With Expert Personality Disorder Treatment

The Promises team can help you take back your life from mental health issues. Get compassionate, evidence-based care. Live in a comfortable setting with peers sharing similar struggles. Contact us today. The call is confidential and free: [Direct].

Posted on July 21, 2017 and modified on April 13, 2019