Personality disorders affect how people think, feel and behave. These disorders often develop during childhood, as a result of neglect or abuse. It was once thought that personality disorders were untreatable. These days treatment can help people manage their symptoms and live full and healthy lives.
People with personality disorders have inflexible patterns of thought and behavior. These patterns are different from what people consider normal. They make life harder in many ways, because they make people think and act differently from those around them. The patterns of thought and behavior depend on the type of personality disorder someone has.
There are three types of personality disorder—called clusters—and ten different disorders.
Cluster A: Odd or Eccentric Behavior
Cluster B: Dramatic, Erratic or Emotional Behavior
Cluster C: Anxious or Fearful Behavior
As with other mental health disorders, personality disorders develop for complex reasons. There’s no single cause that leads to having a personality disorder.
People with these disorders develop dysfunctional ways of thinking and behaving. This usually starts during childhood. Often this is in response to traumatic events such as abuse, neglect or abandonment. Research suggests there may also be a genetic component to personality disorders.
Contributing factors may include:
Having a personality disorder can make a person more vulnerable to other mental illnesses. Some common co-occurring disorders include:
Co-occurring disorders also contribute to a higher risk of suicide. In one study, 84% of people with a personality disorder and a co-occurring disorder had a history of multiple suicide attempts.
Getting treatment for co-occurring problems is vital for people with personality disorders. The problems these disorders cause are harder to manage when a co-occurring disorder is involved. Treating a personality disorder without addressing co-occurring disorders means treatment is less effective. It also means co-occurring issues continue to influence how well a person can manage their personality disorder.
Treatment for personality disorders focuses on therapy and may also include medication. In therapy, clients work to uncover the roots of their disorder. They also learn how to challenge and change the unhealthy patterns they’ve developed. They learn healthy coping skills, interpersonal skills and other aspects of symptom management.
Inpatient (Residential) Treatment
In residential personality disorder treatment, clients live-in at a rehab or treatment center. Most of their time is spent on recovery-focused activities, including group and private therapy. Many programs also include activities such as meditation or music and art therapy.
Residential personality disorder treatment offers the chance to focus on healing in a safe, structured environment. It’s a good option for someone who needs to focus 100% on learning to manage their mental health symptoms.
If you don’t require the structure of a residential program, outpatient treatment programs offer alternatives. For example, there are partial hospitalization programs (PHP), which are similar to residential treatment. The main difference is that in a PHP, clients don’t live-in at the treatment center. Instead, they might live at their own home, then go to the center for treatment. Usually clients go to the center five days a week.
Many people transition to outpatient programs after finishing residential treatment. This helps them prioritize their mental health as they build a healthier life.
The Ranch offers outpatient and residential personality disorder treatment. We also provide support for co-occurring disorders.
People do better in residential treatment when they’re not focused on what’s lacking in their environment. That’s why our home-like treatment centers are set in stunning natural environments. Our treatment centers are welcoming and comfortable. We provide tasty well-balanced meals, a calming atmosphere and high-quality care.
Many people with personality disorders have a co-occurring substance use disorder or addiction. Often, medical detox is needed to minimize the risk of dangerous side effects and withdrawal symptoms.
If you have a substance use disorder, we offer a detox program to help you withdraw safely and with minimal discomfort.
A Custom Treatment Plan
The professional treatment team at The Ranch has wide-ranging expertise. Our treatment program integrates therapies that are proven effective for personality disorders. We help clients address trauma, early childhood attachment and other issues related to personality disorders.
When you arrive at The Ranch, you’ll have a full psychological assessment to help us understand your needs. Then we’ll craft a personal treatment plan to address them.
Individual and group therapy form the core of treatment. Family therapy is also important for many people.
We draw on both traditional and alternative modes of treatment. Your custom treatment plan may include:
As part of your treatment you’ll meet with our psychiatric team. You may be prescribed medications to ease mental health symptoms. We’ll follow up with you to ensure your medication is having the desired effect.
Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders
Mental health problems such as eating disorders, depression and anxiety often go along with personality disorders. We provide specialized inpatient dual diagnosis treatment to address these issues.
Completing a treatment program is the first step toward managing a personality disorder. When you leave The Ranch, you’ll have a full aftercare plan in place to help you maintain your new outlook. Your aftercare plan may include resources such as:
Having a personality disorder can make some aspects of life harder to manage. If you or someone you know is struggling with borderline or another personality disorder, the mental health experts at The Ranch are ready to help.
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