Personality Disorder Treatment Brisbane Northside
Personality is an individual’s way of thinking, feeling, and behaving, which makes each one of us unique. Our personality is shaped by our inherited characteristics, life events, and environment. Through time, our personalities stay the same.
A personality disorder is a deviation from the cultural expectations and affects a person’s way of life for a long time. In the Northside of Brisbane, Ubuntu Medical offers intervention to address the symptoms exhibited by different personality disorders.
A personality disorder may be challenging to deal with alone. Consulting a mental health professional is the first step to get support and treatment. It also pays to have the support of trusted friends and family members to cope with the situation.
There are many different types of personality disorders and the symptoms greatly vary depending on the diagnosed personality disorder. The most common ones are:
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Antisocial personality disorder
What Causes Personality Disorders?
The definite cause for personality disorders is yet to be identified. Malfunctioning genes, along with environmental influences, contribute to having a personality disorder. Other factors such as childhood trauma, verbal abuse, high reactivity, and strong influences with family or friends may contribute to having a personality disorder.
Depending on the type of personality disorder, psychologists design an appropriate therapy that helps address the personality disorder.
What are the Symptoms of a Personality Disorder?
The types of personality disorders are grouped into three clusters, which are based on the characteristics and symptoms. It’s not necessary to exhibit all signs and symptoms to be diagnosed with the disorder.
Cluster A Personality Disorders. Cluster A is characterised by odd or eccentric thinking or behaviour and includes the following disorders: paranoid personality disorder, schizoid personality disorder, and schizotypal personality disorder.
Cluster B Personality Disorders. Cluster B can be described by an emotional and unpredictable thinking or behaviour and include the following disorders: antisocial personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, and narcissistic personality disorder.
Cluster C Personality Disorders. Cluster C exhibits anxiety and fear on the thinking or behaviour of a person and include the following disorders: dependent personality disorder, avoidant personality disorder, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.
To be able to identify the personality disorder, an individual should undergo a psychological evaluation. Sometimes, it can be a little difficult to pinpoint the personality disorder as some disorders have similar symptoms with the others. Other disorders, such as depression, anxiety, or substance abuse may complicate the diagnosis. However, one should bear in mind that the benefits of going through the diagnostic test outweigh the inconvenience because an appropriate treatment can be recommended.
What are the Available Treatments?
Psychotherapy. This is the most effective treatment option for personality disorders. Psychotherapy allows the psychologist or psychiatrist to understand mentally-challenged people ‘s thoughts, motivations, and feelings. These can help mental-health professionals to provide appropriate recommendations for the patient so they can manage their symptoms and modify their behaviour. Some of the most common methods in psychotherapy include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), psychodynamic psychotherapy, and psychoeducation.
Medications. There is no exact cure for mental health conditions. However, the following may help in managing the symptoms of various personality disorders:
Antidepressants. They can be used if you are experiencing depression, anger, impulsivity, irritability, or hopelessness.
Mood stabilisers. They manage mood swings or reduce irritability, impulsivity, and aggression.
Antipsychotic medications. They help if the patient is losing touch with reality or has anxiety or anger problems.
Anti-anxiety medications. These can help if you have anxiety, agitation, or insomnia. In some cases, however, they may contribute to impulsive behaviour.
In instances that the symptoms are so severe, it is advised to get admitted in a hospital for psychiatric care to avoid danger or harming yourself.
Knowing the triggers may help manage the personality disorder, along with professional intervention. With treatment and moral support, people with personality disorders learn to manage their symptoms, develop healthy relationships, and live a meaningful life.
At Ubuntu Medical, we also offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.