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One of the more controversial psychiatric diagnoses of recent times has been that of a personality disorder, such as borderline, emotionally unstable, avoidant, dependant and narcissistic. A diagnosis of a personality disorder can lead to substantial stigma for both the individual and their family, and can be seen as a rather damning report of the attributes unique to oneself. Despite this ongoing debate, what is certain is that for those struggling with the characteristics described in these disorders life can be challenging and difficult. Intense feelings of isolation, anger, shame and resentment can build up with explosive consequences for you and for the people around you.
What is the treatment for personality disorders?
Your psychologist will help you get a better understanding of yourself so that you can learn to communicate and form fulfilling relationships with those around you, relieve accompanying symptoms of depression, anxiety and low self-confidence, gain understanding and insight into potential stress triggers, work through painful/confusing emotions or experiences and learn to turn destructive behaviours into more constructive responses. As you make progress, your Psychologist can help you to remain on track by providing ongoing emotional support and helping you to identify and work through obstacles to change.
Schema focused Cognitive behavioural therapy and Dialectical behaviour therapy, were specifically developed to treat all types of personality disorder.