Types of Personality Disorder

Everyone has personality traits that uniquely characterizes them by the way they think and behave. However, when these personality traits are presenting extreme, maladaptive patterns of thoughts and behavior, then it becomes a personality disorder. This disorder is a serious mental illness that may cause major disruption and instability to a person’s life and are usually associated with significant distress to self-image, mood, and personal relationships.

The causes for personality disorders are believed to be a complex combination of genetic factors, biochemical factors, individual, family and environmental factors. These factors often begin as they are deeply ingrained from childhood and continue throughout adulthood. The prevalence of personality disorders is not firmly established and varies for the different disorders. Some are more treatable than others; therefore, the different types of treatment options work best for the different disorders. Borderline personality disorder is experienced by 2% of adults and 8-10% of the people that have it commit suicide.

Main Types of Personality Disorders

American Behavioral Clinics provides treatment for a wide range of personality disorders. Each of them beholds a pervasive pattern of behavior, which means that the characteristic behaviors and thoughts are evident in almost all aspects of an individual’s life.

The following is a list of personality disorders and the treatments that are most commonly used here at American Behavioral Clinics.

  • Antisocial Personality Disorder: Schema Therapy
  • Avoidant, Dependent, and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorders: Behavioral, Social Skills Training, Psychodynamic, and Medication
  • Borderline Personality Disorder: Mentallization-Based Treatment (MBT), Dialectic Behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder: Psychodynamic
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Psychodynamic, Schema Therapy
  • Paranoid, Schizoid, and Schizotypal Personality Disorders: Medications, Social Skills Training

Although personality disorders can be difficult to change, with early and appropriate treatment and support, those whose struggle with personality disorders can live full and productive lives. Many people with personality disorders do not seek help until after already experiencing years of distress, if at all.

Do not wait until it is too late, get help today and contact American Behavioral Clinics. Our team of mental health professionals can provide the appropriate treatment for anyone with a personality disorder. Patients show a great improvement in their personality disorder after treatment with ABC.