Personality disorder is often experienced as behaviors and thoughts that repeat themselves in ways that don't serve you well, and that cause a lot of pain and confusion. These patterns or habits are often learned early on in our lives, and are reactive to certain situations. These reactive patterns may have served you well back then, but are now being triggered when they are not useful. These often very emotional reactions often repeat themselves in the context of close relationships, and can cause significant distress.
If you have a personality disorder you may experience:
- Significant fear of being abandoned
- Repeated and unstable relationships
- Self harming
- Having stronger reactions than others may typically have
- An unstable sense of self
- Feelings of emptiness
- Anxiety and depression.
Though commonly requiring longer and more intense therapy than some of the other psychological issues, personality disorders are treatable. Two such treatment methods are Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Schema Therapy. Feel free to get in contact with us for more information about these treatments.
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