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Personality disorders are mental health conditions that make it difficult for people to get along with others.

What are Personality Disorders?

Personality disorders are mental health conditions that make it difficult for people to get along with others. A person with a personality disorder often behaves differently than the culture in which they live and believe that their way of thinking is superior to others’ way of thinking. 

Personality disorders vary in symptoms but are organized into 3 groups, or clusters, based on symptoms and commonalities. Let’s review the different types of personality disorders.

Types of Personality Disorders

Personality disorders are grouped into three clusters. Let's review each cluster type below.

Cluster A Personality Disorders

Cluster A personality disorders are characterized by being suspicious. These include:

  • Paranoid Personality Disorder
  • Schizoid Personality Disorder
  • Schizotypal Personality Disorder

Cluster B Personality Disorders

Cluster B personality disorders are characterized by emotions and impulses. These include:

  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Cluster C Personality Disorders

Cluster C personality disorders are characterized by anxiety. These include:

  • Avoidant Personality Disorder
  • Dependent Personality Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

Symptoms of Personality Disorders

Personality disorders are grouped into 3 clusters based on their characteristics and symptoms they have. Let’s dissect common symptoms a person with each type may exhibit.

Paranoid Personality Disorder (Cluster A)

  • Distrust of others and their motives towards you
  • Unnatural suspicion that others will be disloyal to you
  • Unnecessary belief that others are trying to harm you
  • Inability to trust others because you think they’ll use information against you
  • Hostile actions towards perceived insults
  • Unnecessary belief that your spouse or significant other is being unfaithful

Schizoid Personality Disorder (Cluster A)

  • Preference to be alone
  • Lack of emotional expression
  • Appearing as indifferent or cold to others
  • Unable to understand normal social cues
  • Lack of pleasure taking in activities

Schizotypal Personality Disorder (Cluster A)

  • Strange emotional responses to situations
  • Lack of close relationships
  • Believing you can influence people with your thoughts
  • Strange dressing, thinking, beliefs, or actions

Antisocial Personality Disorder (Cluster B)

  • Lack of care for others’ feelings or needs
  • Lying, cheating, stealing constantly
  • Aggressive behavior, sometimes causing violence
  • Very impulsive
  • Lack of remorse for poor behavior

Borderline Personality Disorder (Cluster B)

  • Having paranoia 
  • Displays of anger
  • Suicidal behavior
  • Fear of abandonment
  • Moods that fluctuate often - ups and downs
  • Fragile image, lack of self esteem
  • Extremely impulsive behavior

Histrionic Personality Disorder (Cluster B)

  • Always desiring attention
  • Being excessive to gain attention
  • Strong but shallow opinions
  • Overly concerned with how they look like
  • Believes their relationships are closer than they really are

Narcissistic Personality Disorder (Cluster B)

  • A high degree of arrogance
  • Belief that people are jealous of you
  • Expecting praise from others
  • Strong exaggeration of talents or achievements
  • Disregarding others’ needs
  • A belief that you are more important than others

Avoidant Personality Disorder (Cluster C)

  • Highly sensitive to rejection or criticism
  • Very shy in social situations
  • Fear of being disapproved
  • Avoiding activities that involve interpersonal contact

Dependent Personality Disorder (Cluster C)

  • Difficulty in disagreeing with others
  • Need of starting a new relationship when one ends
  • Overly dependent on others to be taken care of
  • Fear of having to be on your own
  • Lack of confidence to work on your own

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (Cluster C)

  • Wanting to control situations, people, and outcomes
  • Stubbornness
  • Not being able to throw away useless or broken items
  • Neglecting relationships because of a commitment to work
  • High level of perfectionism 

Personality Disorders Levels of Care

Outside of the primary care setting, there are a few levels of care available to individuals with eating disorders. Let’s review binge eating disorder treatment options:

Outpatient

  • Often where the treatment process begins
  • Patient lives at home and attends hourly sessions at their providers’ offices
  • Appropriate for patients who are medically stable, motivated, self-sufficient, and have adequate support and structure at home

Intensive Outpatient

  • Typically occurs in a specialized setting (e.g., a clinic or hospital)
  • Patients live at home and attend sessions three to five times a week that last approximately three hours each
  • Program may include numerous types of therapy, including, but not limited to, individual, group, and counseling
  • Appropriate for patients who are medically stable, self-sufficient, and have adequate support and structure at home, but may need some degree of external structure beyond self-control

Partial Hospitalization (Full-Day Outpatient Care)

  • Occurs in a specialized setting and can be connected to a hospital program or a free-standing facility
  • Patient requires a high level of supervision and monitoring
  • Patient must be able to demonstrate some ability to retain the gains made in treatment without 24-hour monitoring
  • Patient must not be a suicide risk or medically compromised to the point of requiring hospitalization
  • Patient must have sufficient resources and motivation to attend program
  • Patient’s home or living environment must be one that can be supportive of the recovery process
  • Wide variety in quality of programming and hours of available treatment across programs, making it critical that patient’s needs and circumstances are appropriate for this level of care
  •     Care is typically 5– 12 hours per day, 4– 7 days per week.

Residential Treatment Center

  • Highly specialized programs that can be operated independent of hospital setting, but sometimes connected to a hospital setting
  • Indicated when patient is not able to retain gains without 24-hour monitoring
  • May be indicated when severity of symptoms necessitates constant monitoring in order to initiate and sustain symptom-free behavior and normalized eating
  • May be indicated for patients whose activities of daily living are compromised by the disorder May be indicated for the development of a normalized, healthy lifestyle conducive to long-term health and well being
  • May include specialized approaches that help the patient develop routines and activities of daily living that create patterns of behavior that are conducive to recovery
  • Useful in situations with a high degree of psychiatric comorbidity that require intensified focus during treatment
  • Sometimes indicated on the basis of a lack of supportive and safe environment where the patient can be expected be able to make meaningful, retainable progress
  • May be appropriate when patient is overwhelmed with symptoms and unable to refrain from reverting to symptoms or other behaviors that compromise their well being when alone
  • Appropriate for patients with either lower or higher levels of motivation, but generally patients must enter treatment voluntarily

Inpatient Hospitalization

  • Generally used for a period of short-term stabilization proceeding initiation of treatment at lower levels of care
  • Indicated in situation where patient is a suicide risk or gravely disabled by symptoms and unable to participate in residential or lower levels of care due to presenting symptoms, which may include depression, poor motivation, poor insight, and/ or other factors that limit ability to meaningfully participate in lower levels of care
  • Appropriate in situations where hospital-based medical care is indicated (i.e., IV lines or other more invasive medical treatments are needed)

Personality Disorder Treatment Options

If you or a loved one has a personality disorder, your provider may include the following personality disorder treatment options:

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, also called talk therapy, is a technique used to help a person with a personality disorder. Talk therapy can help a person manage their symptoms and certain behaviors that can limit their joy and cause challenges in everyday life.

Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is used to help teach a person with a personality disorder to recognize and change their negative behavior so that they can better manage their day to day.

Medication

While there are no medications currently approved to treat personality disorders, they can be prescribed to reduce symptoms. These can include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Antipsychotic medications
  • Anti-anxiety medications
  • Mood stabilizers

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