Personality disorders drive a wedge between those suffering from them and the rest of the world, creating serious problems at work, school, and in relationships. Conditions like borderline personality disorder create rigid thinking, antagonistic mentalities, and a pervading sense of isolation and loneliness. The compassionate team at Creative Care gently guides clients to the roots of their personality disorders, transforming problems into solutions and darkness into light. To learn more about the residential mental health treatment program, call us today.
Personality disorder fall into three types, all featuring rigid and dysfunctional thinking and behavior. Paranoid, schizoid, and schizotypal personality disorders all belong to cluster A and include odd or eccentric behavior patterns. Cluster B disorders feature overly emotional and unpredictable behaviors and include antisocial, borderline, histrionic, and narcissistic personality disorders. Avoidant, dependent, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorders are part of cluster C and feature behaviors driven by anxiety and fear.
Symptoms of a personality disorder can vary widely, even within the same cluster. For example, paranoid personality disorders include unjustified suspicions of others while schizoid and schizotypal disorders are often marked by an indifference or coldness towards others. Borderline personality disorder is one of the more common conditions and can include risky behavior, an unstable self-image, and frequent outbursts of anger. Meanwhile, obsessive-compulsive personality disorders are characterized by an obsession with details, rules, and order and inflexibility.
Like most mental health conditions, scientists believe personality disorders to be the result of a combination of genetics and environment. Childhood experience seems to be a major marker in the development of these conditions. For example, a chaotic or unstable childhood is a major risk factor as are abuse and neglect. As a result, many personality disorders develop in the teen years and early adulthood.
Various types of psychotherapy have been very effective in the treatment of personality disorders. Methods like CBT-informed therapy allow clients to gain insights into dysfunctional behaviors that have become the norm. They also learn strategies for breaking these patterns and coping skills to handle triggers. Since childhood trauma is often a factor in the development of personality disorders, trauma therapy is often beneficial.
Creative Care has over 30 years of experience helping individuals manage and overcome mental health conditions like personality disorders. For compassionate, innovative treatment, call Creative Care today.