If you have ever been diagnosed previously with a personality disorder, you may find it increasingly difficult to find and maintain a strong therapeutic relationship. This is not uncommon and really speaks to the roots of how personality disorders impact your life. The mention of personality disorders brings with it a ton of stigma and misunderstanding. The difficulty in identifying a personality disorder within ourselves is that we may lack the insight to really see that our way of solving problems, gaining status, getting attention, expressing hurt, or communicating our needs, is actually causing more harm than good. Personality disorders are formed early in life and often caused by stress, trauma, or poor modeling in our environment. This means that it is not always easy for us to objectively examine “how we think” instead of “what we think.”
What are Personality Disorders?
Personality disorders cause you to think, feel and behave drastically differently from what is expected in our society, causing unhealthy interactions with others. Personality disorders cause issues in your way of thinking of yourself and others, how you respond emotionally, how you relate to others and your way of controlling your behavior. These disorders are not diagnosed officially until late adolescence or adulthood. Symptoms vary depending on the type of personality disorder you have.
Personality disorders often do not just impact the diagnosed individual but the family as a whole. Family members can be a key component to helping the individual recover but they too may experience distress due to impacts of the disorder.
- Antisocial Personality Disorder
- Avoidant Personality Disorder
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Dependent Personality Disorder
- Histrionic Personality Disorder
- Narcissistic Personality Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
- Paranoid Personality Disorder
- Schizoid Personality Disorder
- Schizotypal Personality Disorder
Let us empower you so that your personality disorder stops overpowering you.
Our therapists will help you understand each part of your disorder and work with you to change maladaptive and undesirable behaviors. We help you to modify aspects of your disorder such as dependency, mistrust, manipulative behavior and superiority.