Personality Disorders

Personality Disorders

Every individual has their own one-of-a-kind personality. We all have our own unique traits – introversion or extroversion. Some of us are natural social butterflies, while others may exhibit a rebellious nature.

With our unique set of attributes, it’s inevitable that we won’t be able to please everyone consistently. Nevertheless, individuals with personality disorders face an exceptionally arduous task in establishing and maintaining relationships.

Unhealthy thinking patterns are prevalent in personality disorders, making it challenging for individuals to establish meaningful connections with others. As a result, those affected may encounter difficulties in maintaining employment and forming lasting friendships.

Are you or a dear one struggling with personality disorders? In this article, we will delve into the topic of personality disorders and the effective therapy treatments that can provide relief.

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An Overview Of Personality Disorders: Introduction And Key Points

Personality disorders come in several types, categorized into clusters A, B, and C. Each cluster is further divided into different types of disorders. It’s crucial to be aware of these various types. Those are:

Cluster A Personality Disorders

In Cluster A personality disorders, individuals often exhibit strange or eccentric thinking and behavior. The following symptoms are typically associated with these disorders:

Paranoid Personality Disorder Symptoms:

  • Distrust of others
  • Hesitancy to confide in others for fear they may use the information against you
  • Perceiving innocent remarks as being threatening or insulting
  • Holding grudges
  • Unjustified suspicion that a partner is being unfaithful
  • Unjustified anger and hostility

Schizoid Personality Disorder Symptoms

  • Preferring to be alone as opposed to engaging in social situations
  • Limited show of emotions
  • Difficulty finding pleasure in most activities
  • Difficulty exhibiting normal social behavior
  • Acting cold and indifferent to others
  • Little interest in having sex with another person

Schizotypal Personality Disorder Symptoms

  • Having strange ways of dressing, thinking, speaking, and behaving
  • Odd perceptions that verge on hallucinations
  • Social anxiety
  • Exhibiting a lack of emotion or inappropriate emotional responses
  • Indifference or suspicion towards others
  • Difficulty forming close relationships
  • Unrealistic thinking

Cluster B Personality Disorders

Those with cluster B personality disorders often exhibit dramatic, highly emotional, and unpredictable traits. The conditions falling into this category include:

Antisocial Personality Disorder Symptoms

  • A lack of care for the needs, feelings, and safety of others
  • Persistent lying, cheating and stealing
  • Problems with the law
  • Aggressive and violent behavior
  • Impulsivity
  • Failure to exhibit responsible behavior
  • Lack of remorse

Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms

  • Engaging in risky and impulsive behavior
  • Lack of self-confidence
  • Difficulty maintaining relationships
  • Fear of being alone
  • Mood swings
  • Suicidal thoughts and behavior
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Paranoia

Histrionic Personality Disorder Symptoms

  • Constantly seeking attention
  • Acting emotional, dramatic or sexually provocative to gain attention
  • Easily influenced by others
  • Obsession with physical appearance
  • Misperception of the closeness of relationships with others
  • Rapidly changing emotions
  • Passionately opinionated with few facts to back them up

Narcissistic Personality Disorder Symptoms

  • Believe you are more important than others
  • Extreme arrogance
  • Envy of others
  • Believing others are envious of you
  • Unreasonably expectations of others
  • Exaggerations of success
  • Fantasies of success
  • A constant need for praise and admiration
  • Failure to recognize the needs of others

Cluster C Personality Disorders

These disorders are known for causing anxiety and fearful thoughts and actions. Some of the symptoms include:

Avoidant Personality Disorder Symptoms

  • Sensitivity to criticism and rejection
  • Feelings of inadequacy
  • Avoidance of activities that involve personal contact
  • Social inhibition
  • Extreme shyness
  • Fear of disapproval

Dependent Personality Disorder Symptoms

  • Excessive dependence on others
  • Fear of having to care for yourself
  • Lack of self-confidence
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Difficulty disagreeing with others
  • Tolerance of poor treatment or abuse
  • The desperate need to start a new relationship after a close one ends

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder Symptoms

  • Repeating the same actions over and over
  • Hoarding
  • Extreme perfectionism and distress when perfection cannot be achieved
  • Desire to be in control
  • Neglect of friends due to commitment to a specific task
  • Rigid, stubborn and inflexible in beliefs
  • Tight control over spending money

Causes of Personality Disorder

It is common for personality disorders to originate in childhood, and there are several factors that can contribute to their development. 

  • One factor is genetics, where having a family member diagnosed with a personality disorder can increase the risk of developing one. 
  • Another influential factor is the environment, particularly if a person has been exposed to a stressful upbringing or abuse, as this can heighten the chances of experiencing a disorder.

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When to Get Help for Personality Disorders

If you notice any of these signs, it could mean that your personality disorder is becoming harder to manage:

Inability to Hold Down a Job: Holding down a job becomes unattainable for numerous individuals suffering from severe personality disorders due to their inability to fulfill responsibilities and build professional networks.

Difficulty Maintaining Friendships:  Maintaining friendships can be a struggle for individuals with personality disorders due to their off-putting traits, which tend to push people away.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Those who suffer from personality disorders may be unaware of their own condition and may not seek help. Instead, they turn to self-medication as a way to manage the symptoms they are facing. However, relying on drugs and alcohol for temporary relief ultimately leads to more harm than good in the long run.

Legal and Financial Difficulties: It is not unusual for individuals with personality disorders to partake in hazardous actions that can result in legal problems, which are often accompanied by financial challenges.

Causing Harm to Others: People who suffer from personality disorders may engage in impulsive actions that can be detrimental to both themselves and those around them. The harm caused by these actions can manifest in either mental or physical form.

Suicidal Thoughts: If you find yourself having thoughts of self-harm, it is crucial to seek therapy treatment for personality disorders, as they are frequently accompanied by depression that can escalate to suicidal thoughts. In case you are in immediate danger of hurting yourself, please dial 911.

What To Expect In Therapy Treatment For Personality Disorder

The presence of a personality disorder can greatly impact the overall quality of life. However, it is fortunate that therapy treatments are available to address and manage these disorders.

When it comes to treatment plans, there are numerous choices available. However, if you’re looking for an effective option, consider a borderline personality outpatient program. This program allows you to receive therapy while managing your everyday responsibilities. Explore the various types of outpatient therapy treatments for personality disorders.

During partial hospitalization, you will be required to remain at the facility between 9 AM and 3 PM. Throughout this time, a tailored therapy program will be implemented to address your individual needs. The primary goal is to identify the underlying cause of your disorder and establish healthy coping mechanisms to replace any unhealthy behaviors.

Patients who have developed an addiction may undergo an assisted detoxification process to eliminate harmful toxins from their bodies prior to beginning therapy.

Our intensive outpatient program for borderline personality disorder offers therapy sessions tailored to your specific needs. Our experienced therapists will evaluate your condition and determine the appropriate frequency of sessions for effective treatment. As you show improvement, the treatment plan may be adjusted, and in some cases, treatment may no longer be required.

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Our Borderline Personality Outpatient Program

Among the wide range of personality disorder therapy treatment centers, Avisa Recovery stands out for its reputation of offering the most effective care.

Our approach is distinct as we blend conventional strategies with holistic, integrative, and multidisciplinary techniques. We thoroughly assess each individual to develop a personalized plan that encompasses essential elements like medication and psychotherapy, alongside alternative therapies like meditation, biofeedback, yoga, and more. Additionally, we devise a diet and exercise regimen that fosters a harmonious state of mental well-being.

At our facility, we provide an intensive outpatient program tailored for individuals with borderline personality disorder. This program encompasses both partial hospitalization and outpatient therapies. Once patients complete the program, those who are also battling addiction are directed to a sober living facility. Here, they acquire valuable skills that facilitate their successful reintegration into society.

Additionally, we strongly urge them to engage in our nonprofit substance abuse prevention program, CFC, which will provide them with the necessary assistance to sustain their sobriety.

Quality of life can be greatly impacted by personality disorders. Don’t allow them to hinder your relationships. Contact Avisa Recovery today for the assistance you need to effectively handle your emotions and experience a greater sense of happiness overall.