Personality disorders are complex. Your personality is comprised of many components. Your behavior, how you think, and how you process information are all part of a personality. You will inherit pieces of your personality from your parents. Your personality is shaped by your past experiences, both positive and negative. A personality disorder is identified when you struggle with controlling your own behavior. Your relationships with other people are often strained because of your thinking, and your emotional responses are different than most people with a personality disorder. At the Las Vegas Recovery Center, we understand that personality disorders often co-occur with addiction. Treatment is focused on improving your mental health and coping strategies to help you maintain your sobriety.
How Personality Disorders are Diagnosed
If you believe you have a personality disorder, it’s important to work with a therapist or psychiatrist to diagnose your disorder. You may have a borderline personality disorder marked by a history of unstable close relationships, intense anger, and a fear of being alone. An individual with a dependent personality disorder is submissive, needs to be taken care of, and is generally clingy with their partner. A narcissistic personality disorder is present when the person needs to be admired and does not empathize with others. With 10 different types of personality disorders, the diagnosis takes looking at your history and meeting with you over a period of time to get the right diagnosis. You may have a personality disorder if:
- Your close relationships are strained, and you struggle to maintain a relationship with a partner.
- You don’t process information in the same ways as others around you.
- You aren’t sure why you tend to overreact in various situations.
- You don’t understand the complexities of having boundaries with friends, family, and partners.
- You feel out of control, and you try to control other people.
It takes time and works to diagnose a personality disorder correctly. If you are concerned about your mental health needs, it’s time to find a therapist that you can work with to address your issues. A diagnosis can lead to better treatment and get you the support you need to improve your mental health.
Mental Health Treatment and Personality Disorders
Your mental health treatment will depend on your specific needs. If you are dealing with an addiction to drugs or alcohol and have a personality disorder, you will need to find a program that provides dual diagnosis treatment. You will work with a counselor to develop a treatment plan to outline your strengths, goals, and possible treatment options. You may need detox if you are currently abusing substances or to attend a partial hospitalization program as you progress in your recovery. A therapist can help you:
- Set better boundaries in your personal relationships so that they are healthier
- Identify areas where you can improve your coping skills.
- Work through situations that you don’t understand.
- Learn strategies that increase your ability to handle difficult situations
If you are diagnosed with a personality disorder and are addicted to substances, treatment is possible. Work closely with a therapist to identify your needs, and continue treatment to get the support you deserve. You can live a healthier life when you commit to your own treatment.
Find Treatment for Addiction and Mental Health Needs Now
As you look for ways to work through addiction and improve your mental health, the Las Vegas Recovery Center is ready to help. Contact our team today at 844.332.2076 and find the program you need to move forward in your life. Treatment is possible, but you have to be willing to make the call to get help.