Exhausted. Overwhelmed. Trapped. Lost.
Mental Health encompasses a vast number of thoughts, issues, complications, disorders, or illnesses. A mental health disorder can have a psychological, behavioral or emotional basis. Some mental health disorders are more easily identified and treated than others. Personality disorders are complex and hard to treat because of the fluidity of the disorder and how each person exhibits it differently. A diagnosis of a personality disorder is simply a “spider-web” of similar symptoms that can’t be blood tested or treated with medication to correct.
Family members and friends of someone with a personality disorder sometimes can find it hard to understand why their loved one is “emotional draining” or “hard to live with”; and, without being able to pinpoint the exact reason behind those feelings, many times that family member or friends will internalize those feelings, assuming there is something wrong with them.
This is a common occurrence with people dealing with personality disorders. They might not be able to understand their complexity either, making it difficult for them to sustain long relationships or succeed in true friendship, without manipulation or guilt.
Personality disorders are treatable with counseling. Maturing one’s thought process can help stabilize a person’s mood swings or erratic behavior be simply acknowledging the foundation of the action. What is the need behind the behavior? What is the end goals of this conversation or exchange? Is there a healthier way to express yourself to help build the relationship versus damage a relationship?
Common personality disorders can look like:
- Borderline personality disorder
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Dependent personality disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive personality disorder
Personality disorder treatment providers at Mending Clinic in Arlington, Texas first work to build a trusting rapport with their client, then work with their client to establish the foundation of their thoughts and emotions. If the client wants to make healthier choices and wants to understand how their actions can be perceived as difficult, making chances and reestablishing and repairing relationships can be simple.
First, personality disorder treatment needs to identify the client’s emotional needs.
- Are there any subconscious feelings of rejection?
- If anger is always a secondary emotion, is any anger masking a fear or insecurity?
- Is the focus of the conversation being shifted towards little, indifferent details to avoid talking about the bigger issue?
- How can acknowledging the question or need behind the emotion change the perception of any personal interaction?
No matter the particular diagnosis of the personality disorder, usually working through these questions and developing a new framework for relationships can help relieve any symptoms of the disorder.
WHAT CAN I DO?
If you are struggling with a personality disorder and want a better way to be in relationship, Mending Clinic is here for you! We want to help you with that emotional buffer. We want to help guide to healthier ways of thinking. We want to help you retain control of your emotions.
HOW CAN I HELP?
If you are a family member or friend of someone you suspect might suffer with personality disorder, Mending Clinic is here for you, too! We want to help you establish boundaries. We want to help you live the truth in your life. We want to help you relieve the exhausted feelings and bring back healthy energy into your relationship. We want health for you too!
If you feel you need more than individual counseling to break your negative cycle, consider Mending Clinic’s adult group-based outpatient program, Restore, where we teach you not only mental health and wellness practices, but also the foundations of a healthy person living a healthy life. You also have the opportunity to meet with a psychiatrist weekly to assist in figuring out the best pharmacological solution for you.