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Personality Disorders

Each and every one of us possesses a distinct personality. We all fall into different categories – introverted or extroverted. Some of us effortlessly connect with others, while others may have a rebellious streak.

Our diverse range of qualities ensures that we may not always be able to satisfy everyone’s preferences. However, individuals with personality disorders will encounter significant challenges when it comes to building meaningful connections.

Personality disorders exhibit an unhealthy thinking pattern, which can greatly hinder individuals from effectively connecting with others. Consequently, those grappling with such disorders often face the risk of losing employment opportunities and struggle to establish meaningful friendships.

If you or someone you care about is going through a tough time, this article will explore personality disorders and the various therapies available to treat them.

Personality Disorders: An Introduction And Overview

There are different kinds of personality disorders, which are grouped into clusters A, B, and C. These clusters are then divided into various types of disorders. It’s important to be aware of these different types. Those are:

Cluster A Personality Disorders

Cluster A personality disorders are related to unusual or peculiar thinking and behavior. They are identified by the following symptoms:

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

Cluster B personality disorders can cause individuals to display dramatic, overly emotional, and unpredictable behavior. The following conditions are classified under this category.

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

Anxiety and fearful thinking and behavior are the main features of these disorders. 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

Personality disorders commonly develop in childhood and can be influenced by various factors. 
  • One possible cause is genetics, where having a family member diagnosed with a personality disorder increases the likelihood of developing one. 
  • Another factor is the environment, particularly if a person has experienced a stressful upbringing or been subjected to abuse.

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When to Get Help for Personality Disorders

These are a few indications that your personality disorder might be becoming difficult to handle:

Inability to Hold Down a Job: Individuals with severe personality disorders often struggle to finish assignments and establish professional connections, which hinders their ability to maintain employment.

Difficulty Maintaining Friendships: People with personality disorders often possess traits that repel others, making it challenging for them to sustain friendships.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse: People who have personality disorders often remain unaware of their condition and may not seek assistance. Instead, they resort to self-medication as a means to cope with their symptoms. However, relying on drugs and alcohol for temporary relief ultimately causes more harm than good in the long term.

Legal and Financial Difficulties: People with personality disorders often exhibit risky behavior, which can result in legal troubles and financial hardships.

Causing Harm to Others: Individuals who have personality disorders often exhibit impulsive behavior, which can result in harm to themselves as well as others. The harm caused by these actions can be either psychological or physical in nature.

Suicidal Thoughts: If you are experiencing thoughts of self-harm, it is important to seek therapy treatment for personality disorders as they are often associated with depression, which can lead to suicidal thinking. Remember, if you are in immediate danger of hurting yourself, please call 911.

What To Expect In Therapy Treatment For Personality Disorder

Personality disorders can significantly diminish one’s quality of life. Thankfully, therapy treatment options are accessible for individuals with personality disorders.

You have several options when it comes to treatment plans, but opting for a borderline personality outpatient program could be the most beneficial. This program enables you to undergo therapy while continuing with your daily routine. Take a look at the different types of outpatient therapy treatments available for personality disorders.

For partial hospitalization, you will be staying at the facility from 9 AM to 3 PM. During this period, a personalized therapy program will be implemented to address your specific needs. The main objective is to identify the root cause of your disorder and develop positive coping strategies to replace negative behaviors.

In the case of addiction, patients may opt for an assisted detox to cleanse their bodies of harmful toxins before commencing therapy.

The outpatient program for borderline personality disorder offers therapy sessions based on individual needs. Our therapists will assess your condition and recommend the frequency of sessions required for effective treatment. As you make progress, the treatment may be gradually reduced or discontinued if no longer necessary.

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          Our Borderline Personality Outpatient Program

          Calusa Recovery is renowned for providing the most effective care among the numerous personality disorder therapy treatment centers available for selection.

          At our center, we adopt a unique methodology that combines traditional strategies with holistic, integrative, and multidisciplinary approaches. Through a comprehensive evaluation of each patient, we tailor a customized plan that incorporates fundamental components such as medication and psychotherapy, as well as alternative therapies like meditation, biofeedback, yoga, and more. Furthermore, we devise a diet and exercise routine that promotes a balanced state conducive to mental health.

          Our comprehensive outpatient program for individuals with borderline personality disorder offers a combination of partial hospitalization and outpatient therapies. Upon completion of the program, patients struggling with addiction are referred to a sober living facility, where they acquire essential skills to successfully reintegrate into society.

          Moreover, we highly recommend their active involvement in our nonprofit substance abuse prevention program, CFC, as it will offer them the necessary support to uphold their sobriety.

          Personality disorders have the potential to significantly diminish one’s quality of life. Don’t allow them to hinder your relationships. Reach out to Calusa Recovery now and receive the necessary support to manage your emotions in a positive manner, leading to overall happiness.

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