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Treatments of Personality Disorder at The Ranch

Personality disorders range from mild to severe. Most people can enjoy fulfilling lives with mild personality disorder traits. But during stressful times, personality disorder symptoms may interfere with everyday functioning. Our inpatient personality disorder treatment programs address underlying issues and co-occurring mental illness. We’ll help you identify unhealthy ways of relating to others. You’ll also learn how to change these patterns.

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What Is Personality Disorder Treatment Like?

Residential treatment of personality disorders allows you to focus on recovery. Living with peers provides opportunities to practice interpersonal skills. It also helps you develop healthy coping skills. Inpatient personality disorder treatment may include:

Mental health professionals – At The Ranch treatment centers, we have the expertise to address trauma and early attachment styles. These are issues that contribute to personality disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions. We integrate therapies that have proven effective in the treatment of personality disorders.

Research-based approaches – We draw on traditional and experiential therapies so you stay engaged in treatment. Treatment options may include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy and other forms of talk therapy
  • Schema therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), which has proven effective in treating personality disorders, especially borderline personality disorder

Psychiatric care – You’ll meet with our psychiatric team. Our medical professionals may prescribe medications to ease symptoms like anxiety and depression. We’ll follow up with you to make sure dosage is correct and assess any side effects.

Treatment for co-occurring mental illness – Mental disorders like binge eating, depression and anxiety often go along with personality disorders. We provide specialized inpatient personality disorder treatment that addresses all these issues. You’ll get a thorough psychological assessment to identify all your issues. Then we’ll craft a personalized treatment plan to address them.

Home-like settings – People do better in treatment for personality disorders when they’re not focused on what’s lacking in their environment. That’s why our treatment programs are welcoming and comfortable. Enjoy well-balanced meals and beautiful views of nature while receiving evidence-based care.

Individual therapy – Individual therapy helps you dig deeper into interpersonal issues and past trauma. Your therapist might recommend specialized trauma therapies to help you heal.

Group therapy – Group therapy is an important part of residential treatment for personality disorders. This is because issues relating with others are at the core of personality disorders. Group therapy provides a safe space to share with peers. It can also serve as a mirror for how others perceive you. You’ll learn how others are affected by your words and behaviors. Group therapy helps you practice healthy communication and coping skills.

Family therapy – Many people with personality disorders experienced significant problems with loved ones during childhood. Family therapy helps everyone begin to heal and learn to communicate better.

Aftercare support – Treatment is the first step toward managing a personality disorder. You’ll leave inpatient personality disorder treatment with a comprehensive aftercare plan. Your aftercare plan may include helpful resources like:

  • Support groups
  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Psychiatric care

Types of Personality Disorders

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5) groups personality disorders into clusters:

Cluster A

People with a personality disorder in Cluster A may seem odd or eccentric. They avoid social situations and are awkward in interactions with others. Cluster A personality disorders include:

  • Schizotypal personality disorder
  • Paranoid personality disorder
  • Schizoid personality disorder

Cluster B

These personality disorders are usually characterized by erratic, unpredictable actions. People who have a Cluster B personality disorder may be highly emotional. Cluster B personality disorders include:

  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Histrionic personality disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Narcissistic personality disorder

Cluster C

People with a Cluster C personality disorder may be fearful much of the time. They can be self-conscious, may lack self-sufficiency and are sometimes perfectionists. Cluster C personality disorders include:

  • Avoidant personality disorder
  • Dependent personality disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder

What Causes Personality Disorders?

Like all mental health disorders, there’s not one cause of personality disorders. Often, a personality disorder involves a dysfunctional way of thinking and behaving since childhood. Research has shown a potential genetic link in personality disorders as well. Most studies have focused on obsessive compulsive personality disorder, borderline personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder. This is likely because data suggests these are the most common personality disorders.

Some potential causes of personality disorders include:

Post-traumatic stress disorder and complex trauma – A history of verbal, emotional or physical abuse is common in personality disorders. This is especially true for borderline personality disorder. Some studies show rates as high as 71%.

Unhealthy attachment styles – Childhood bonds with parents have a long-term impact on your relationship patterns. Unhealthy attachment styles can contribute to the onset of a personality disorder. Examples include a distant, avoidant caretaker or overly controlling parent.

Biology – Brain chemicals like norepinephrine, acetylcholine and serotonin affect your ability to regulate emotions. People with personality disorders often have imbalances in these chemicals. Emotions can feel particularly powerful and out-of-control as a result.

Low distress tolerance – People with personality disorders may have low tolerance for stressful situations. This is tied to both imbalanced neurotransmitters as well as a lack of healthy coping skills.

Personality Disorders and Co-Occurring Disorders

Personality disorders often contribute to other mental health conditions. Some of the most common co-occurring mental disorders include:

  • Psychotic disorders
  • Mood disorders like depression or bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Affective disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Binge eating and other eating disorders

People with personality disorders are also at a higher risk for suicide. Often this heightened risk is due to substance abuse. One study found that 64% of subjects with personality disorders and a co-occurring mental disorder had a history of multiple suicide attempts.

Get Help for a Personality Disorder

Our mental health professionals treat borderline personality disorder and other personality disorders. We can help you peel back the layers of trauma and family conflict. Live better. Call us today: 844-876-7680

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