If you experience paranoia, extreme anxiety, social problems, or obsessions and compulsions, a personality disorder might be to blame. Personality disorders often make it difficult to thrive at work, school, or in personal relationships. At The Transformation Center in the Cordova neighborhood, Tennessee, the therapy team offers treatments to reduce unpleasant symptoms and help you thrive in your environment. Schedule an appointment with The Transformation Center team by phone, or book online today.

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What are personality disorders?

A personality disorder is a mental health disorder that often leads to long-term, unhealthy thought and behavior patterns when left untreated. The illness can cause problems in your everyday life, including difficulties at work and in your relationships. If you have a personality disorder, you might also find it hard to cope with stress.

What are the different types of personality disorders?

Some common personality disorders include:

  • Paranoid personality disorder: intense anxiety, fear, and distrust
  • Schizoid personality disorder: feeling uncomfortable relating to others
  • Schizotypal personality disorder: problems forming healthy relationships
  • Antisocial personality disorder: acting without regard for right and wrong
  • Borderline personality disorder: difficulty controlling your emotions
  • Histrionic personality disorder: a desire to be noticed and reassured
  • Narcissistic personality disorder: an inflated sense of self-importance
  • Avoidant personality disorder: a desire to avoid being around other people
  • Dependent personality disorder: a perceived need for others to care for you
  • Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder: intrusive thought and behavior patterns

While childhood experiences and genetics might play a role in developing personality disorders, the exact cause isn’t entirely clear.

How does my provider diagnose personality disorders?

To determine if you or a loved one is experiencing a personality disorder, your therapist reviews your personal and family medical history. They ask you or family members about your thoughts, emotions, and behavior patterns, and complete a comprehensive mental health evaluation.

What are my personality disorder treatment options?

After diagnosing your condition, the team at The Transformation Center might recommend one of the following interventions:

Intensive outpatient program (IOP)

The intensive outpatient treatment program at The Transformation Center offers individual and group counseling, educational classes, and a variety of behavioral adaptation strategies to help you better cope at work, school, and in your relationships.

Partial hospitalization program (PHP)

The partial hospitalization program at The Transformation Center is a day counseling program that includes a medical component in addition to individual and group therapy sessions, mind-body interventions, and educational sessions.

Medication management

Taking certain medications can reduce symptoms associated with personality disorders or other mental health conditions. Your provider often combines medications with counseling and education.

If personality disorders negatively affect your life, turn to the compassionate team at The Transformation Center for help. Schedule an appointment by phone, or book online today.