Personality disorder treatment
Your personality defines how you think, feel and behave in everyday life, combining to form who you are as a person.
Throughout many social situations over a period of time, you will show certain traits of your personality which are in keeping with how you tend to act, although for people with a personality disorder, this can be more problematic.
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We are now resuming face-to-face therapy for existing patients across our network of hospitals and wellbeing centres, as well as continuing to offer this remotely for new patients. Remote therapy, along with consultant assessments, can be accessed via our Priory Connect online therapy service and through Skype.
Inpatient services are still available across our network of private healthcare hospitals, with flexible options for pre-admission assessments being offered.
Treatment for personality disorders at Priory aims to reduce the impact of the condition on your life. Our nationwide UK hospitals and wellbeing centres are able to offer tailored treatment programmes based on your personal situation and recovery goals, with specialist therapists and consultants working with you throughout using effective, evidence-based treatments such as talking therapies in order to reduce the impact of a personality disorder on your everyday life.
If you are living with a personality disorder, patterns in your thinking in relation to yourself and those around you can cause significant distress, and can negatively affect your mental health and wellbeing. Changing these can be very helpful and relieve a lot of distress.
It's important to understand that having a personality disorder does not make a person untreatable. There are several psychotherapies which are very helpful. Medication can also be helpful in dealing with distressing symptoms.
Co-occurring conditions and different types of personality disorders
Having a personality disorder does not mean that you do not have another psychiatric diagnosis. Those with personality disorders are predisposed to developing depression, anxiety, alcohol and substance misuse. Treating personality disorders makes managing these other disorders much easier.
There are currently 10 known types of personality disorder, with each of these believed to fit into the broad categories of suspicious, emotional and impulsive or anxious. If you have a personality disorder of any kind, there will be signs and symptoms that may differ from other personality disorders. While certain treatments will be more effective on some personality disorders more than others, fundamental differences in beliefs and ways of managing life situations in comparison to people without a personality disorder remains.
Diagnosing a personality disorder
While being diagnosed with a personality disorder remains controversial, due to the personal nature of the mental health condition, it can help to think of the diagnosis as a tool which helps mental health professionals decide what will be the most effective method of treatment and support to help manage the disorder.
There is a misguided belief, that personality disorders cannot be treated. In fact they respond very well to treatment and over 50% of those diagnosed with personality disorders recover within five years.
This page was clinically reviewed by Dr Leon Rozewicz (MBBS, FRCPsych, MRCGP, MRCPsych) in June 2020, and is scheduled to be reviewed again in June 2022. To view all Priory personality disorder specialists, please click here.
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