Personality Disorders

Are you known as a “Drama Queen”?

Have you been told you have an odd or eccentric personality?

Do you seem to have problems with all the relationships in your life?

Do you engage in erratic and impulsive behavior?

Do you have difficulty controlling your emotions?

Is it difficult for you to relate to how someone else is feeling?

Have you tried to change certain aspects of your personality unsuccessfully?

Do you have a tendency to go against social norms or expectations?

A Personality Disorder is defined in the *DSM-IV as an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual’s culture, is pervasive and inflexible, has an onset in adolescence or early adulthood, is stable over time, and leads to distress or impairment.

Patterns Displayed in Personality Disorders as listed in the DSM-IV

Paranoid Personality Disorder:  You have a pattern of distrust and suspiciousness such that other’s motives are interpreted as malevolent. 

Schizoid Personality Disorder:  You have a pattern of detachment from social relationships and a restricted range of emotional expression.

Schizotypal Personality Disorder:  You have a pattern of cute discomfort in close relationships, cognitive or perceptual distortions, and eccentricities of behavior.

Antisocial Personality Disorder:  You have a pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others.

Borderline Personality Disorder: You have a pattern of instability in interpersonal relationships, self-image and affects, and marked impulsivity.

Histrionic Personality Disorder:  You have a pattern of excessive emotionality and attention seeking.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder:  You have a pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and lack of empathy.

Avoidant Personality Disorder:  You have a pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, and hypersensitivity to negative evaluation.

Dependent Personality Disorder:  You have a pattern of submissive and clinging behavior related to an excessive need to be taken care of.

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder:  You have a pattern of preoccupation with orderliness, perfectionism, and control.

Treatment for Personality Disorders

Personality Disorders should only be diagnosed and treated by mental health professionals. Treatment is usually long term and may include medication from your doctor or a psychiatrist, short-term inpatient treatment in a mental health facility, and long term counseling.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) are effective forms of therapy to treat many of the symptoms and issues a person with a personality disorder is facing.  Crystal Hollenbeck uses these two approaches, along with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Schema Therapy in counseling to help you address your thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and trauma in order to manage your personality disorder. 

There is Hope for Healing that produces Harmony through counseling. 

*The American Psychological Association – Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR)

Read more about Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): http://behavioraltech.org/resources/whatisdbt.cfm

Read more about Schema Therapy:  http://www.schematherapy.com/