Personality Disorders Treatment

A variety of personality disorders exist, each with its own set of symptoms and associated behaviors. Though disorders like these can prove difficult for an individual to manage alone, the help of a treatment center can offer relief from symptoms and the tools and support to make lasting changes. Understanding the disorder, treatment possibilities, and how a residential mental health center can be the best help is key to making an informed decision regarding care.

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What Are
Personality Disorders?

Considered a class of mental health disorders, personality disorders are generally characterized as an assortment of unhealthy thinking and behaviors over a long period. Some people may feel untrusting, suspicious, angry, severely stressed, withdrawn, anxious, depressed, or have difficulty managing their emotions.

There are three different clusters a personality disorder may fall into, depending on the associated characteristics.
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Cluster A

Disorders that fall under cluster A are related to odd behaviors and thinking. These include paranoid, schizoid, and schizotypal personality disorders.
Some common characteristics of each cluster A disorder include:
  • Paranoid PD - A severe mistrust of others and paranoid thinking
  • Schizoid PD - Anxious in a social setting and may appear eccentric or peculiar
  • Schizotypal PD - Often exhibits a combination of schizoid and paranoid behaviors

Cluster B

People who fall into the cluster B category are those who exhibit overly dramatic and emotional behaviors and thinking. These include antisocial, borderline, histrionic, and narcissistic personality disorders.

Some common characteristics of each cluster B disorder include:
  • Antisocial PD - No regard for the feelings of others
  • Borderline PD - Varying moods and self-image
  • Histrionic PD - Wants to be noticed and may act dramatically when they are not
  • Narcissistic PD - Low self-esteem yet exaggerates self-importance

Cluster C

The cluster C group is more for those who feel fearful or anxious regularly. These include avoidant, dependent, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorders.

Some common characteristics of each cluster C disorder include:
  • Avoidant PD - Avoid social situations and fear of being rejected
  • Dependent PD - Relies on others for emotional and physical needs
  • Obsessive-Compulsive PD - An obsessive desire for perfection and order

Treatment Options for
Personality Disorders

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No matter which personality disorder a person has, there are some commonly recommended approaches to treatment.


People who have been diagnosed with a personality disorder by their doctor most likely have been prescribed medication. Many medications help to tamper down symptoms so the individual can lead a normal life. However, it often takes several tries before the right medication or proper dosage is found that works.

These medications may include one or more of the following:
  • Mood stabilizers
  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-anxiety medications
  • Antipsychotic medications

Individual Therapy

Individuals are often encouraged to attend therapy. Repeated one-on-one sessions can give the therapist plenty of time to get to the bottom of what causes the thinking and behaviors associated with the disorder, and provide coping tools to help when these behaviors arise. Learning to identify triggers and find ways to de-stress and cope at the moment are key to keeping severe mood swings and symptoms at bay.

Different types of psychotherapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) have proven to be effective at treating personality disorders. Mental health professionals work one-on-one with patients to manage their personality disorders and problematic thoughts and behaviors.

Group Therapy

Others are encouraged to attend group therapy. This is a great option for anyone who feels alone and as if they are the only person experiencing this way of thinking. Getting to hear from others who share similar traits can be a relief, while also providing helpful tips on methods of coping that have worked for others who may be farther along in their treatment. Oftentimes, individuals are encouraged to attend both individual and group therapy sessions for the biggest benefit.

Residential Treatment

Some people may need to be secluded from the triggers of life at a residential treatment facility. A setting away from stressors and substances can work wonders for many with personality disorders. They get to get away for a while and focus on themselves and getting help. This type of treatment may last weeks or months, depending on the individual and their rate of progress.

Treatments for 
Specific Personality Disorders

Though there are generalized treatment approaches to consider for personality disorders overall, each specific disorder has its course of action about treating the symptoms and getting them under control.

The type of medication treatment is varied based on the cluster a person falls into. For example, those within cluster C who feel fearful and anxious would require anti-anxiety medication. People within cluster B may need a mood stabilizer or antidepressant.

Cluster A disorders are more likely to require antipsychotics. However, it is important to note that people sometimes experience two or more disorders at once, or have symptoms that fall under another category. Some may need to take two or more types of medications to ensure treatment is successful.

Someone with a narcissistic or paranoid personality disorder may do better with individual therapy than in a group setting, at least to start. If a person is fearful of others or feels as though they are better and more important than everyone in the room, they may not be able to participate and share openly with a group of people.

California Care Recovery 
Treatment for Personality Disorders

California Care Recovery typically focuses on dual diagnosis of both mental health disorders and substance abuse struggles. The two often go hand-in-hand. Either an individual begins to abuse drugs or alcohol, and develops a disorder because of it, or because of their disorder, they turn to drugs to cope.

There are a variety of personality disorders treated at this facility to help improve mental well-being and get to the bottom of triggers and events that cause them to act out or turn to substances.

California Care Recovery treats, but are not limited to, these disorders:
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Paranoid personality disorder
  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Avoidant personality disorder
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Find Mental Health Treatment 
in Orange County

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When searching for "personality disorders treatment near me", you may discover a variety of mental health facilities in Orange County. California Care Recovery offers both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs for those struggling with their mental well-being.

Contact us today to learn how we can best assist you and put you on the path toward self-care and improved wellness.

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