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Personality Disorders

Personality disorders are a group of mental health conditions characterized by enduring patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience that deviate significantly from what is expected based on an individual's culture. These patterns are inflexible and pervasive across many situations, leading to distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

There are ten specific personality disorders classified into three clusters in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5): Cluster A (odd or eccentric disorders), Cluster B (dramatic, emotional, or erratic disorders), and Cluster C (anxious or fearful disorders).

Consider seeking support if you or a loved one:

• Exhibit enduring patterns of inner experience and behavior that deviate markedly from the expectations of your culture.
• Have inflexible and pervasive patterns across a broad range of personal and social situations.
• Experience significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other areas of functioning due to these patterns.

Treatments for personality disorders vary depending on the specific disorder and individual needs, but generally, psychotherapy (or talk therapy) is the method of choice. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Schema Therapy are often utilized.

In some cases, medications can be used in conjunction with psychotherapy to manage co-occurring conditions, such as anxiety or depression.

Living with a personality disorder can be challenging, but with the right help and support, it is possible to live a more balanced life. Our team of experienced psychologists are ready to guide you on this journey. Reach out today, and take that first step towards understanding and managing your unique patterns of thinking and behaving.

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