Personality disorders consist of pervasive and enduring patterns of behavior and inner experiences that cause distress or impairment in an individual’s life. There are 12 different types of personality disorders recognized by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). These disorders are united by their persistence over time and their ability to cause disruption in a person’s life. Personality disorders are often difficult to treat, though help is available for those who seek it.
At Westend Hospital, we understand the pain and disruption that personality disorders can cause. With the help of our compassionate and experienced treatment team, it is possible to learn strategies for managing personality disorders and build your ability to live a healthier, more fulfilled life.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Although the symptoms associated with each personality disorder are different, the one factor they all have in common is their ability to cause turmoil in the lives of sufferers’ loved ones. While you are likely familiar with the pain and upheaval these disorders can cause, you may not be as familiar with what you can do to help your loved one heal. Consider the following:
- Research treatment options. Find treatment centers that have experience providing care for individuals with personality disorders.
- Make a short list of treatment centers that may be a good fit for your loved one.
- Learn about personality disorders in general and about your loved one’s personality disorder in particular. Doing so can help you respond more effectively and empathically to your loved one.
- In a patient and nonjudgmental manner, share your observations and concerns with your loved one. Try your best to remain open to his or her responses. Now is not the time to issue ultimatums; rather, be patient and remember that your loved one’s journey towards health may not happen as quickly as you may hope.
- When your loved one is ready to enter treatment, help him or her manage the logistics of a transition into care. Consider helping to set up appointments with your center’s admissions team, making meals, arranging for transportation and childcare, and addressing any other needs that may arise.
- While your loved one is in treatment, be active in your support of him or her by sending letters, making phone calls, and following up on his or her progress in treatment as appropriate.
- Take care of yourself. This means continuing to eat healthy, sleep enough, and exercise regularly. In addition, seek support from family, close friends, a support group, and a therapist as you see fit.
Why Consider Treatment at Westend Hospital
There are few mental illnesses with greater potential to ravage a person’s life than personality disorders. Left untreated, these disorders can cause occupational failure, job loss, long-term unemployment, financial strain, and even homelessness. They also can damage relationships, leaving individuals without meaningful social support. Furthermore, those with personality disorders are often at a greater risk for substance abuse, co-occurring mental illness, and suicidal behavior. While the consequences of struggling with an untreated personality disorder can be severe, with proper intervention, it is possible to learn to manage the symptoms of one’s disorder and avoid the worst of many of these negative consequences.
Types of Treatment Offered at Westend Hospital
Westend Hospital provides world-class care for individuals who are struggling with mental illness. By offering a full spectrum of care designed to treat a wide range of presenting concerns, Westend can help change lives for the better.
Westend Hospital is designed to provide care for men and women ages 18 and older with mental health diagnoses. We do not provide addiction treatment services, but we are able to care for individuals who are on dialysis, who use feeding tubes, and who use supplemental oxygen.
Every person who heals with us benefits from the support of our dedicated clinical team and is provided with a tailored treatment plan that addresses each individual’s unique needs and helps him or her manage the symptoms of personality disorders. Below are some of the interventions that may be included in each client’s personalized treatment plan:
Medication management: Many people find relief from the symptoms of their mental health conditions with the help of medications. At Westend, we provide effective, responsive medication management services. Clients who need medication management meet with our psychiatrist three times per week and benefit from 24-hour nursing care.
Individual therapy: A client’s relationship with his or her individual therapist can be a foundational component of his or her healing journey and can provide a chance for clients to receive the one-on-one support they need. At Westend, our social workers provide individual therapy sessions as often as necessary, as determined by our clients and our clients’ treatment teams.
Group therapy: Group therapy sessions are in many ways the backbone of treatment at Westend. Led by social workers, nurses, and our activity therapist, groups allow individuals who are struggling with personality disorders to build skills and support and be supported by each other. Group topics at Westend may include:
- Coping skills
- Anger management
- Grief therapy
- Relapse prevention
- Stress management
- Medication compliance and management
Activity therapy: Developing healthy recreation patterns can substantially increase a person’s ability to manage the symptoms of personality disorders. At Westend, our dedicated activity therapist teaches clients how to effectively use downtime and leisure activities to benefit their overall physical and mental health.
Family therapy: Recognizing the key role that family members play in an individual’s health and wellbeing, Westend provides family therapy sessions led by our social workers as requested. During these sessions, family members have the opportunity to work through concerns they may have and can build and strengthen their relationships with each other.
Our dedicated staff members are eager to work with each client and customize his or her treatment plan to meet his or her unique needs. Once inpatient treatment is complete, we encourage clients to continue receiving care in our outpatient program before returning home so that they can solidify the progress they made in inpatient treatment and transition gradually back into their communities.
Westend’s treatment team is on-hand to answer any questions you may have about our programming and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for walk-in referrals. If you or one of your loved ones might benefit from our care, please do not hesitate to contact us.