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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There are three different clusters a personality disorder may fall into, depending on the associated characteristics.
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
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
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
These medications may include one or more of the following:
- Mood stabilizers
- Anti-anxiety medications
- Antipsychotic medications
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.
Specific Personality Disorders
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
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
- Dependent personality disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Narcissistic personality disorder
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