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Personality Disorder Treatment

Personality Disorder Treatment at Promises

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

What Is Personality Disorders Treatment 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.

Personality disorder treatment options may include:

Individual Therapy

You’ll meet one-on-one with a behavioral therapy specialist. This gives you a chance to dig deep into issues causing you emotional pain. Our therapists may draw on approaches like:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Interpersonal therapy

CBT and motivational interviewing are some of the top therapies for addiction. Dialectical behavior therapy is effective in treating personality disorders and related conditions. DBT is especially beneficial when used to treat borderline personality disorder.

Group Therapy

Treatment of personality disorders includes several group therapy sessions everyday. 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.

Psychiatric Management

In addition to behavioral therapy, you’ll meet with our psychiatric team. Medication is often used for Axis II personality disorders. Research suggests medications may be effective treatments for:

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

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

Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Personality disorders often co-occur with addiction and mental illness 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 well-versed in treating mental illnesses. We’ll help you get “unstuck” in destructive behaviors and thought patterns.

Family Therapy

Interpersonal issues are a key aspect of many personality disorders. Relationships with loved ones and acquaintances 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.

Alternative Approaches

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

  • Psychodrama
  • Music therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Adventure therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Yoga
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder therapies like EMDR
  • Native American healing approaches
  • Equine therapy

Continuing Care

You’ll gain healthy coping skills in rehab. We’ll also help you plan for life after treatment. 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

About Personality Disorders

What Are Personality Disorders?

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. Symptoms vary depending on the type of personality disorder. Generally, people with personality disorders are rigid in how they think and act. They 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 trying for loved ones.

According to a 2007 survey, 9.1% of the U.S. population meets the American Psychiatric Association’s definition of a personality disorder. Symptoms vary depending on the type of personality disorder but may include:

  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Angry outbursts
  • Difficulty making friends
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Poor impulse control
  • Social isolation
  • Stormy relationships
  • Suspicion and mistrust of others

Types of Personality Disorders

There are several types of personality disorders, including:

Antisocial personality disorder

People with antisocial personality disorder have little regard for others’ feelings. People may see them as manipulative. They may not feel remorse for hurting others. They often act impulsively and may even break the law.

Avoidant personality disorder

This disorder includes extreme feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt. People with avoidant personality disorder are very sensitive to what others think of them. They may feel they’re under constant criticism. This can lead to isolation.

Borderline personality disorder

People with borderline personality disorder struggle with:

  • Extreme moods
  • Turbulent relationships
  • Depression
  • Thoughts of suicide

They may have trouble functioning in everyday life. Many people with BPD also struggle with substance abuse, eating disorders and intimacy disorders.

Dependent personality disorder

People with dependent personality disorder have an intense fear of abandonment. They may stay in unhealthy or abusive relationships because of this. They feel overly dependent on others and fear that they cannot survive or make decisions without approval from others.

Histrionic personality disorder

People with histrionic personality disorder often:
  • Have a distorted self-image
  • Feel an overwhelming need to be the center of attention
  • Have trouble maintaining relationships
  • Are overly focused on themselves, their appearance and how they’re perceived

Narcissistic personality disorder

An inflated sense of self-importance is the hallmark of narcissistic personality disorder. The narcissist feels a constant need for others’ attention. They believe they deserve special treatment and consideration. They can be manipulative, demanding and self-centered. Though they appear to have an inflated self-esteem, they’re usually quite fragile underneath it all.

Paranoid personality disorder

Suspicion and mistrust in others are key characteristics of paranoid personality disorder. People struggling with this disorder may be hypersensitive, isolated and unreasonable. They often seek out situations that validate their fears and suspicions.

Schizoid personality disorder

Schizoid personality disorder has similar symptoms as schizophrenia, but isn’t as severe. Symptoms include:
  • Detachment from others and society
  • Unemotional
  • Isolated
  • Trouble maintaining jobs and relationships

Schizotypal personality disorder

Schizotypal personality disorder also has some similarities to schizophrenia. It’s also less severe than shizophrenia. Symptoms include:

  • Odd or eccentric behavior
  • Isolation
  • Cognitive or perceptual distortions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Effective Treatments for Personality Disorders

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

Cognitive behavioral therapy

CBT is an effective treatment for many mental illnesses. It’s also useful in substance abuse recovery. CBT helps people 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. Its origins are in cognitive behavioral therapy. Dialectical behavior therapy is helpful for treating BPD and related conditions. This is because of it’s focus 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. They replace unhealthy actions with healthy coping skills.

Anger management

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. Those types of personality disorders often include anger issues. Anger management helps people:

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

Medication (Psychiatric) Management

Behavior therapy is key in treating personality disorders. Medications can sometimes be useful when used in tandem with therapy. Clinical trials suggest useful medications for personality disorders include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Antipsychotics
  • Mood stabilizers

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Our team of clinicians can help you take back your life from mental health issues and co-occurring conditions. Get compassionate, evidence-based care. Live in a comforting, home-like setting with peers sharing similar struggles. Contact our recovery advisors today. The call is confidential and free: 844-876-5568.

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