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Therapy for Personality Disorders

Do you believe you have a personality disorder? Personality disorders are common, affecting an estimated 1 in 5 adults. But there is help available. At the Trauma Therapy Center in West Palm Beach, we have experienced personality disorders therapists who can help you understand your condition and develop the skills you need to manage your symptoms. We offer a variety of therapy options, including CBT and DBT.

Learn more about our personality disorders therapy today and take the first step towards a healthier, happier life.

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What Is a Personality Disorder?

As defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) a personality disorder is a persistent deviation of internal experience and behavior that deviates from the norm and has a significant negative impact on emotional and mental health.

What Are the Types of Personality Disorders?

Personality disorders are grouped into 3 categories or clusters.

Cluster A personality disorders are characterized by odd and eccentric thinking and behavior and include:

Cluster B personality disorders are characterized by dramatic, emotional, or erratic thinking and behavior and include:

Cluster C personality disorders are characterized by anxious or fearful thinking and behavior and include:

If you think you may have a personality disorder see an experienced clinician. Personality disorders should only be diagnosed by a therapist, counselor, psychologist, or psychiatrist.

Types of Personality Disorders

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Who Do Personality Disorders Affect?

Anyone can develop a personality disorder, regardless of age, gender, or race. However, people who have experienced significant trauma are at a higher risk of developing a personality disorder. Other things such as genetics, family history, and brain chemistry can also increase the risk for a personality disorder.

What Are the Symptoms of Personality Disorders?

Symptoms of personality disorders include:

If you think you have a personality disorder, talk to a clinician. Most personality disorders are not treated with medication and require therapy.

How Are Personality Disorders Diagnosed?

A clinician or doctor can diagnose personality disorders by assessing your:

Your therapist may ask you questions relating to your:

Remember if you don’t feel comfortable talking about any of these topics with your therapist you can let them know. Your therapist may also use assessment tools and questionnaires to diagnose a personality disorder.

How Are Personality Disorders Treated?

Treatment of personalities involves therapy interventions including:

In combination with therapy, building a strong support system and practicing self-care can greatly improve your personality disorder symptoms.

Do I Need Therapy for a Personality Disorder?

Personality disorder symptoms are difficult to manage on your own. Personality disorders are long-lasting impairments in thought processes and behaviors. If you are living with a personality disorder, it is possible to find relief from your symptoms and change the thinking patterns that are controlling your life. You can do this with the help of an expert clinician who will help you understand your symptoms, learn to cope, improve self-awareness, and improve your relationships.

What Is the Best Therapy for Personality Disorder?

The most commonly used therapy for personality disorders is DBT. Through DBT you can be more mindful, learn to tolerate distress, regulate your emotions, and improve interpersonal effectiveness.

How Effective Is Therapy With Personality Disorders?

According to an article published in PubMed “psychotherapy is an effective treatment for personality disorders and may be associated with up to a sevenfold faster rate of recovery in comparison with the natural history of disorders.”

How to Find the Best Personality Disorder Treatment?

There are several ways to find the best personality disorder treatment, including:

If you are struggling with a personality disorder, you are not alone. There is help available. Contact us today to learn more about our personality disorders therapy and take the first step towards a healthier, happier life.

Page Modified on Mar 3, 2024 by Liz Chelak (Trauma Therapist)

The information on this website is to provide a general information. In no way does any of the information provided reflect a definitive treatment advice. It is important to consult a best in class trauma counselor in WPB regarding ANY questions or issues. A thorough evaluation should ALWAYS be performed for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Be sure to call your local trauma therapist, to schedule a assessment.