Mental Health Treatment
Personality Disorders at Dr. Paul’s By The Sea
Personality disorders are a variety of different mental illnesses; those who display traits of these disorders will experience a long term pattern of unusual thoughts and behaviors. Approximately 9.1% of Americans have experienced some form of personality disorder, and of that percentage, the majority suffer from co-occurring mental disorders. Although programs have been made available for people with mood disorders, many will never seek out the treatment they need.
At Dr. Paul’s By The Sea, we offer different therapies to help people who are struggling with a type of personality disorder. Our St. Augustine treatment center provides services that are designed to help each patient individually. Through our therapy program, patients will learn about their mental illness and develop coping skills to help them manage their symptoms.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy can be instrumental in changing some of the patterns that affect a person’s interpersonal functioning and social skills. Treatment for personality disorders may combine individual and group therapy to improve a patient’s ability to connect with others and experience a more appropriate social interaction.
Our St. Augustine recovery center can help those who have developed a drug or alcohol addiction due to their disorder. We treat both the symptoms of the disorder as well as the effects of the addiction. At Dr. Paul’s By The Sea, we help our patients improve their behavior and thought patterns. By doing this we can reduce symptoms and help them manage their personality disorder effectively.
Types of Personality Disorders
There are several different types of personality disorders; the following is a list of the few we treat at Dr. Paul’s By The Sea:
- Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Avoidant Personality Disorder
- Antisocial Personality Disorder
- Narcissistic Personality Disorder
- Dependent Personality Disorder
- Paranoid Personality Disorder
These disorders are classified as some form of behavioral, or mood, disorder. However, they are all unique and require a particular type of treatment.
What are the Symptoms?
The specific symptoms and behaviors can vary for each disorder but every person with a personality disorder will exhibit patterns that are considered abnormal by average standards. Symptoms for these types of mental disorders vary for each one:
- Avoiding abandonment, either real or imagined. Often cutting off a relationship due to anticipating being left.
- A pattern or history of intense or unstable relationships.
- Distorted self-image, increased thoughts of self-harm.
- Fear of contamination from germs or contaminating other people.
- Irrational fear of losing control and being a danger to yourself or others
- Excessive focus on a specific topic.
- Overly sensitive to criticism or disapproval.
- No close relationships with other people.
- No desire to participate in social activities.
- Understands the difference between right and wrong but is indifferent to it.
- Arrogant and is extremely opinionated.
- Repeatedly disregards or violates the rights of others through intimidation.
- A sense of self-importance often exaggerated.
- Expects to be recognized for their superiority.
- Needs to be praised and continuously admired.
- Inability to make decisions on their own without the assurance of others.
- No interest in taking on any responsibility.
- It is difficult for them to be alone.
- Doubts the loyalty of others.
- Believes that others have hidden motives or agendas.
- Is socially isolated or detached from others.
What are the Causes?
Doctors and researchers are currently unaware of any direct cause for these types of disorders. However, some studies suggest genetics and environmental circumstances play a significant role in the development of the conditions. Researchers have noticed malfunctioning genes in some studies that could be the cause of particular disorders. Meanwhile, different studies have shown that other disorders have occurred due to experiencing aggressive behavior, fear, and anxiety.
Most researchers agree that if the disorders occur due to environmental factors, then it began during childhood or young adulthood.
Improving Behavior and Interpersonal Skills
There are different forms of treatment for these various mental health disorders. One of the more common types of treatment is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT helps patients recognize false perceptions of themselves. Once a patient realizes that those feelings are wrong, they can begin to alter them. Creating a positive mindset and living a healthier lifestyle.
Another type of therapy we practice at Dr. Paul’s By The Sea for mood disorders is interpersonal therapy (IPT). IPT’s primary goal is to improve interpersonal relationships and social interactions to relieve stress on the patient. It addresses why a patient has imposed themselves in social isolation and why they have a pattern of unfulfilling relationships. This form of therapy could be most helpful with an avoidant, antisocial, or dependent disorder.
We also use family-focused therapy at our St. Augustine treatment center. It is used to treat early signs of bipolar disorder or psychosis in childhood or early adulthood. The therapy involves 12 sessions over four months with the therapist and family. In these sessions, the patient and family members will go through psychoeducation and learn about the warning signs and symptoms of upcoming mood swings.
At Dr. Paul’s By The Sea in St. Augustine, we provide the best care for those struggling with personality disorders. While it can seem like an impossible task, living a healthy life with a mood disorder is possible. With treatment, our patients can overcome the obstacles they are living with every day.