Treatment for personality disorder
Personality disorders are extremely complex mental health illnesses which can lead to difficulties in how a person thinks and feels about themselves and others. Claimont uses clinical evidence and various therapies to construct individualised programmes to combat personality disorder symptoms through home treatment. Personality disorder treatment focuses on examining these thoughts and attitudes, as well as supplying the tools to help manage emotions and difficulties. Whether it be CBT, psychodynamic therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, arts therapies or even group therapy, Claimont offers in-home treatments for personality disorder that can have a huge positive impact on an individual’s thinking patterns.
How is personality disorder treated?
Group therapies act as a way to encourage social situations which otherwise would be avoided. They are also there for those who tend to depend on another person. Arts therapy is a creative way of expressing yourself and can help those who may have difficulties putting things into words, allowing for other means of communication beyond speaking.
Claimont also offers dialectical behaviour therapy, a popular therapy for personality disorder treatment. Dialectical behaviour therapy teaches skills to help with a variety of emotions and interactions as well as changing the behaviour patterns which lead to the most problems. With psychodynamic therapy, we help you manage your relationships with other people. This can promote an increased self-confidence and lead to huge improvements in self-perception. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy pinpoints the pattern of thoughts and attitudes which may cause the problems leading to personality disorder. Once identified, we can then teach you to challenge these ideas and beliefs, before lessening the problems that were once an issue.
If you know someone who has a diagnosis of personality disorder, it is very important you know how to deal with it. Be sure to emphasise the positive aspects of their personality whenever possible and make the most of their abilities and strengths. Offer encouragement to change their behaviour and never tell them they are immature or inadequate, we are all prone to mistakes and, by being judgemental, you can make the situation worse.
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Symptoms of personality disorder
Although personality disorders can affect any person at any age, women have been shown to be affected by the condition more than men. As mentioned, there are different types of personality disorder, but the symptoms of borderline personality disorder can include:
- Risky behaviours, such as reckless driving, unsafe sex, drug or alcohol abuse
- Extreme mood swings which can last for hours and change between intense highs and lows
- Hostility and lack of patience with friends, family and colleagues
- A history of unstable and destructive romantic relationships
- An intense fear of being abandoned or rejected
- Having a warped view of personal appearance, potentially bordering on body dysmorphia
There are many personality disorders, but perhaps the most commonly known is ‘borderline personality disorder’. Signs of the borderline personality disorder can show in different ways, but diagnosis may occur if a medical professional feels the following apply:
Thoughts, feelings and behaviours impacting a person’s day-to-day life, e.g. being unable to trust others and make close relationships.
Work and friendships are suffering due to a person’s beliefs and behaviours in their personal life and at work.
The problems are continuing long-term, possibly either from childhood or throughout adulthood, and the person is unable to change their behaviour to adapt to situations.
What are the causes of personality disorder?
In terms of mental health conditions, personality disorders are one of the hardest to pinpoint a reason behind the illness. Often, there has been some kind of trauma in a person’s childhood, such as neglect from a parent or an abusive or violent upbringing. These can skew a child’s thoughts and beliefs and lead to difficulties whilst their personality is developing in the outset of adulthood. Like many mental health conditions, there is growing research into the effect of genetics and the tendency to develop personality disorders, with early results showing it may well be a contributing factor.
Types of personality disorder
Research has shown that most disorders of this type fall into the following three categories:
Odd or Eccentric – Paranoid, Schizoid, Schizotypal
Dramatic, Emotional, or Erratic – Antisocial, or Dissocial, Borderline, or Emotionally Unstable, Histrionic, Narcissistic
Anxious and Fearful – Obsessive-Compulsive (aka Anankastic), Avoidant (aka Anxious/Avoidant), Passive
Personality disorder treatment
Our specialist team of mental health therapists will first look to understand your condition and the symptoms you face, before developing a personalised personality disorder treatment programme that is bespoke to your current needs. Claimont’s ultimate goal throughout therapy is to alter the negative thoughts and feelings that are leading to a change in your behaviour, as well as helping you control such thoughts moving forwards.
If you or a loved one are suffering from a personality disorder and need help with recovery, contact Claimont today to see how our private personality disorder treatment programmes can help you.