What Personality Disorders Are

A woman talks to a therapist at a Personality Disorder Treatment Program Birmingham Alabama residents trustTreatment professionals identify personality disorders by looking for distorted thinking patterns, problematic emotional responses, exaggerated or under-regulated impulse control, and interpersonal effectiveness over an extended period of time. When women suffer from these conditions, they require personality disorder treatment to manage their symptoms.

Personality disorders are organized into three different “Clusters” based on corresponding characteristics within each “Cluster.”

  1. Cluster A disorders feature extreme distorted thinking, social awkwardness, and social withdrawal. This Cluster includes paranoid, schizoid, and schizotypal Personality Disorders.
  2. Cluster B disorders present with emotional dysregulation and poor impulse control. Cluster B includes borderline, narcissistic, and antisocial personality disorders as well as histrionic disorder.
  3. Disorders in Cluster C feature pervasive feelings of fear and anxiety and feelings of inadequacy, as well as hypersensitivity to negative assessment. Cluster C includes avoidant, dependent, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorders (adapted from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition).

Our Treatment Philosophy

We incorporate elements of spirituality, mindfulness, nutrition, art, movement/exercise, and also psychotherapy to create a comprehensive, strengths-based treatment plan for each client. While in personality disorder treatment, clients participate in (up to) three individual sessions a week, approximately four psychoeducational groups each day, and also weekly meetings with the staff psychiatrist, psychologist, dietitian, and clinical director. While no medications currently treat personality disorders, treatment pharmacology to treat any co-occurring disorders.

Goals for Therapy

Goals for personality disorder treatment at Magnolia Creek typically include the following:

  • Identify dysregulation and gain skills to emotionally regulate
  • Learn and then regularly implement practices of mindfulness (largely adapted from Diane Gehart)
  • Attend to and develop relationships (based on work of Marsha Linehan)
  • Recognize anxiety-inducing cognitive distortions
  • Learn distraction or self-soothing skills
  • Practice assertiveness as well as appropriate communication skills
  • Balance “wants” vs. “needs” (based on work of Marsha Linehan)
  • Reduce unhealthy defense mechanisms/reactions and impulsivity
  • Accept reality (based on work of Marsha Linehan)

Clinical Modalities

Magnolia Creek’s compassionate team uses a variety of therapeutic methodologies while treating personality disorders. These include the following methods: dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure therapy, and interpersonal therapy.

Recommended Reading

  • I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me by Jerold J. Kreisman, Hal Straus
  • The Buddha and the Borderline by Kiera Van Gelder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder: Understanding the Overly Rigid, Controlling Person by Martin Kantor, MD

Personality Disorder Treatment at Magnolia Creek

Trying to live with a personality disorder can feel impossible. However, if you are struggling with a personality disorder, Magnolia Creek can help you. We offer personality disorder treatment Birmingham Alabama residents trust. For more information, please call 866-318-2329 or e-mail us at info@magnolia-creek.com.