Personality Disorders and help
Struggling with a personality disorder? Do you want to learn new ways of coping and functioning?
Therapy is a very important part of dealing with personality disorders.
A type of CBT called dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) has proved successful in helping people reduce impulsive self-harming behaviors, especially in BPD. DBT is designed to help you cope better with emotional instability, while at the same time encouraging you to behave in a more positive way.
Today, DBT is used to treat a variety of conditions, such as bipolar disorder, eating disorders and depression. DBT teaches clients four sets of behavioral skills: mindfulness; distress tolerance; interpersonal effectiveness; and emotion regulation.By our late teens or early 20s, most of us have developed our own personality. We have our own ways of thinking, feeling and behaving. These stay pretty much the same for the rest of our life. Usually, our personality allows us to get on reasonably well with other people. For some of us, this doesn’t happen. For whatever reason, parts of your personality can develop in ways that make it difficult for you to live with yourself and/or with other people. You don’t seem to be able to learn from the things that happen to you. You find that you can’t change the bits of your personality (traits) that cause the problems. These traits, although they are part of who you are, just go on making life difficult for you – and often for other people as well. Other people will often have noticed these traits from your childhood and early teens. For example, you may find it difficult to:
- make or keep close relationships
- get on with people at work
- get on with friends and family
- keep out of trouble
- control your feelings or behaviour
- listen to other people
- If this makes you unhappy or distressed and/or often upset or harm other people
Then you may have a personality disorder (see below for descriptions of the different types).
Life is more difficult if you have a personality disorder, so you are more likely to have other mental health problems such as depression or drug and alcohol problems.
There are many different kinds of personality disorders. Research suggests that they fall in any one of these categories:
Cluster A: ‘Odd or Eccentric
Cluster B: ‘Dramatic, Emotional, or Erratic’
Cluster C: ‘Anxious and Fearful’
How Can We Help With Personality Disorders Counselling?
Our Expert Psychologists will assess your particular personality disorder, and tailor the counselling and therapy techniques accordingly. They will work on your irrational thoughts and beliefs, and attempt to alter them and replace them with more rational and positive thoughts. Changing one’s belief system will directly help in changing one’s behaviors and emotions. By the end of the sessions, you will be equipped with various cognitive and behavioral techniques and skills to deal with your personality problems.