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Personality Disorder Treatment Center

personality disorderAs an award winning science based addiction treatment center, Inspire Malibu also excels at the diagnosis and treatment of personality disorders. The clinical staff at our Personality Disorder Treatment Center provides the latest and most effective therapies for patients with psychiatric conditions, as well as for those suffering addiction issues in combination with personality disorders.

What Are Personality Disorders?

Published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), currently in its fifth edition, is the industry standard for defining and diagnosing mental disorders. According to the DSM-5, personality disorders are ways of thinking and feeling about oneself and others that drastically and negatively affects how a person functions in life.

Though the origins are not entirely understood, mental health practitioners generally attribute personality disorders to genetics, environment or both. Symptoms can vary from mild to severe. They usually involve a person’s inability to adjust to environmental or circumstantial change due to errant thoughts, emotions, impulses and self-control.

Symptoms can be present as early as adolescence, though personality disorders might not be diagnosed until signs of severe mood swings or substance abuse occur in adulthood.

The DSM-5, released in May 2013, maintains the same 10 types of personality disorders in the DSM-IV. They include:

DSM-5 personality disorders

  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
  • Avoidant Personality Disorder
  • Dependent Personality Disorder
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCD)
  • Paranoid Personality Disorder
  • Schizoid Personality Disorder
  • Schizotypal Personality Disorder

While the types of personality disorders have remained the same in the DSM-5, there have been new disorders added, as well as criteria changes to other disorders. The way in which mental health professionals code personality disorders has also been updated.

Inspire Malibu’s Diagnostic Expertise

As an evidence-based personality disorder treatment center, our physicians perform a thorough psychological evaluation for every patient designed to pinpoint the exact disorder and its severity. While most addiction treatment centers are unable or unwilling to treat mental health issues, our physicians use treatment modalities specifically designed for these psychiatric conditions, particularly Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).


The patterns of BPD, according to the DSM-5, are present by early adulthood, and symptoms of BPD can include:

  • Difficulty regulating emotions
  • Poor impulse control
  • High sensitivity to rejection
  • Alcohol, substance or eating disorders
  • Self-destructive behavior, such as self-mutilation
  • Suicidal Behavior

Personality Disorder Treatment

Personality disorders take time to improve, but there is increasing evidence that certain therapies are effective. Some patients respond well when medication is added to their treatment. Inspire Malibu incorporates Dr. Marsha Linehan’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy technique (University of Washington) in our approach to the treatment of borderline personality disorder, along with other cognitive behavioral tools.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is based on acceptance without judgment. The goal for patients is to be capable of calmly recognizing negative situations without becoming overwhelmed by them. This approach helps those suffering from BPD to make better decisions and avoid falling into a cycle of intense, desperate and destructive behavior.

 

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