Counselors and clients alike are grateful that in today’s world, professionals agree that there are many ways to treat personality disorders. In past decades, this was not the case. Today’s options include both therapies and pharmaceutical solutions.
Personality disorders are more common than many people believe
Would you be surprised to learn that almost 1/3 of people seeking help for mental health problems have a personality disorder? There are many different types of disorders under this umbrella term but they’re generally collected under one of three different classifications:
- Anxiety and fear-based behaviors. Examples include compulsive personality disorder and avoidant personality disorder.
- Behaviors classified as dramatic, emotional, or erratic. Common examples in this classification include narcissistic personality disorder and borderline personality disorder.
- Eccentric and / or odd behaviors. Schizoid personality disorder and paranoid personality disorder are two examples of eccentric and odd behavior personality disorders.
Of course, not every personality disorder fits under these three classifications.
Treatment starts with a single step
The idea of seeking help for these disorders can feel overwhelming. The good news is that it all starts with a single step. That step varies for each client based on their needs but often it’s as simple as getting emotions under control with either medication or counseling.
Learn to let go of core beliefs that aren’t serving you
People with personality disorders are familiar with core beliefs even if they don’t know the term for them. It applies to beliefs clients have about themselves (and in some cases others) that are both rigid and inflexible. No matter how much proof is offered to them that they’re not true, the client simply can’t let go of it.
Thriveworks Knoxville Counseling and Coaching works one-on-one with clients to help them understand where these core beliefs come from and to create plans that can help them let go of them to move on with their lives.