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Personality Disorders services offered in Victorville, Rancho Cucamonga and Riverside, CA

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Personality Disorders Q & A

What are personality disorders?

Your personality — the unique ways you think, feel, and behave — arises from a combination of your experiences, environment, and genetics. Once your personality develops, it generally stays the same.

Personality disorders occur in late adolescence and early adulthood, when you have changes in personality and develop dysfunctional feelings and behaviors. These changes affect the way you think about yourself, alter your emotional responses, and cause problems in the way you interact with people.

If you have a personality disorder, you may:

  • Rapidly change your values
  • Have fluctuating opinions of others
  • Experience intense or frequent anger
  • Engage in attention-seeking behavior
  • Feel inferior
  • Feel superior
  • Feel entitled
  • Behave submissively
  • Engage in impulsive or risky behaviors
  • Disregard others
  • Be an extreme perfectionist

This list isn’t comprehensive. There are many different types of personality disorders, and each one has additional symptoms.

What are the different types of personality disorders?

The different types of personality disorders are categorized into three groups that share similar features:

Cluster A personality disorders are characterized by odd or eccentric thinking or behavior. This group includes:

  • Paranoid personality disorder
  • Schizoid personality disorder
  • Schizotypal personality disorder

Cluster B personality disorders are set apart for their emotional, dramatic, or unpredictable behaviors and ways of thinking. This group includes:

  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Histrionic personality disorder
  • Narcissistic personality disorder

Cluster C personality disorders are characterized by fearful or anxious behaviors and thoughts. This group includes:

  • Avoidant personality disorder
  • Dependent personality disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder

Each personality disorder is further defined by an in-depth list of additional symptoms.

How are personality disorders treated?

Though personality disorders are complex, the team at High Desert Psychological Services can diagnose your disorder and help you overcome your challenges with individualized psychotherapy.

A few types of therapy that effectively treat personality disorders include:

  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Psychoeducation

With targeted therapy, you can learn about your personality disorder and get insight into what influences your symptoms. Then your therapist helps you learn to manage your thoughts and feelings and control dysfunctional behaviors.

To learn more about how you can overcome a personality disorder, call High Desert Psychological Services, or request an appointment online today.