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Personality Disorder

 

The word personality refers to the patterns of feelings and behaviours that make each of us the individual that we are. Generally our personality doesn’t change very much, however, it does develop as we go through different life experiences and as our circumstances change. We are usually flexible enough to learn from past experiences and change our behaviour to cope with life more effectively.

If your patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving are more difficult to change, you will have more limited range of emotions attitudes and behaviours with which to cope with everyday life. However, the diagnosis of the personality disorder applies if your personality difficulties affects all aspects of your life all the time and make life difficult for you and for those around you. Personality disorder is one of the most misunderstood and stigmatised diagnosis in mental health.

Our treatment approach to Personality Disorder

 

Our approach to treating personality disorder combines individualised programs with treatment based on current clinical evidence. Talking therapies can help you examine usual patterns of thought and attitudes and allow you to challenge ideas and beliefs that cause you problems. Some therapies can help you manage your relationship with other people and improve the way you feel about yourself. Dialectical behaviour therapy teaches skills to help manage your emotions, improve the way you interact with others and change the behaviour that causes you the most problem. There are no medications specifically for personality disorder but doctors may prescribe them to treat additional problem such as irritability or depression. It may take some time to find a drug that works for you and often medication may be most effective when combined with the talking personality treatment.

Our treatment for personality disorder can be as an outpatient or day patient. We offer the support and treatment in personal and flexible ways to benefit you the most in your recovery.

To make an appointment confidentially please ring Malone Medical Chambers, Belfast on phone number 028 90667676