Given they cover a broad spectrum, treating personality disorders can be complex. Recognizing that each disorder is unique—from borderline and narcissistic to avoidant and obsessive-compulsive—we tailor our therapeutic approaches to the individual’s specific needs. Leveraging a blend of traditional therapies and holistic Hawaiian healing principles, we cultivate a nurturing environment conducive to treating personality disorders.

What are Personality Disorders?

Personality is what sets us apart in how we think, feel, and act. It’s shaped by our experiences, our environment, and our genetics, and it generally remains consistent throughout our lives. A personality disorder, on the other hand, is when someone’s way of thinking, feeling, and behaving is significantly different from cultural norms, leads to distress or functional issues, and persists over time.

Personality disorders are characterized by enduring patterns of behavior and internal experiences that deviate notably from societal expectations. These patterns typically emerge in late adolescence or early adulthood and can lead to considerable distress or difficulties in daily functioning. Such disorders aren’t just occasional deviations in behavior; they represent consistent and long-term ways of interacting with the world that differ from what’s generally accepted or expected.

Signs of Using Dissociative Drugs

Often, those who suffer from personality disorders turn to dissociative substances to help relieve their symptoms. Below are some common signs of use. If you notice a loved one exhibiting these, we recommend seeking support as soon as you can.

  • Daily use
  • Productivity levels decreasing
  • Increased secrecy
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Being awake at odd hours
  • No longer making responsible decisions
  • No longer interested in personal appearance or hygiene
  • Cannot stay concentrated or remember things that just happened
  • Risky behavior
  • Unpredictable moods and behaviors

Types of Personality Disorders

The ten personality disorders are grouped into three clusters based on similar characteristics and symptoms. It is important to note that it’s not necessary to exhibit all the signs and symptoms listed for a disorder to be diagnosed.

Cluster A Personality Disorders (odd/eccentric thinking or behavior)

Paranoid personality disorder

  • Finding it hard to confide in others
  • Having a hard time letting go or holding on to grudges
  • Emotions of anger or hostility appear rather quickly
  • Finding demeaning or threatening subtext in even the most innocent of comments or events

Schizoid personality disorder

  • Having no desire to have close relationships, even with immediate family members
  • Seeming always to be aloof or not able to show a lot of emotion
  • Tending to daydream and create vivid fantasies of complex inner lives
  • Will lean towards jobs and activities that allow them to be solitary

Schizotypal personality disorder

  • Belief in superpowers (i.e., telepathy) or superstitions
  • Paranoid thoughts or doubts about others’ loyalty
  • Sensing an absent person is present
  • Strange or rambling speech patterns

Cluster B Personality Disorders (dramatic, overly emotional, or unpredictable thinking or behavior)

Antisocial personality disorder

  • Not showing guilt or remorse
  • Disregard for the safety of self and others
  • Lying, stealing, and fighting often.
  • Often exhibiting anger or arrogance

Borderline personality disorder

  • Ongoing feelings of emptiness
  • Up and down moods, often as a reaction to interpersonal stress
  • Suicidal behavior or threats of self-injury
  • Intense fear of being alone or abandoned

Histrionic personality disorder

  • Constantly seeking attention
  • Easily influenced by others
  • Excessive concern with physical appearance
  • Believing relationships with others are closer than they are

Narcissistic personality disorder

  • Believing they are unique and more important than others
  • Failure to recognize others’ needs and feelings
  • Expectation of constant praise and admiration
  • Unreasonable expectations of favors and advantages

Cluster C Personality Disorders (anxious, fearful thinking or behavior)

Avoidant personality disorder

  • Extremely sensitive to criticism or perceived rejection
  • Extreme shyness from fear of doing something wrong
  • Extremely low self-esteem
  • Socially inhibited, timid, and isolated, avoiding new activities or meeting strangers

Dependent personality disorder

  • Has difficulty making everyday decisions without an excessive amount of advice and reassurance from others
  • Struggles to initiate projects or do things on their own
  • Difficulty disagreeing with others, fearing disapproval
  • Urgent need to start a new relationship as soon as one has ended

Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (NOT the same as obsessive-compulsive disorder, a type of anxiety disorder.)

  • Desire to be in control of people, tasks, and situations, and inability to delegate tasks
  • Neglects friends and enjoyable activities because of excessive commitment to work or a project
  • Rigid and stubborn
  • Inflexible about morality, ethics, or values

Personality Disorders Statitistics

Personality disorders are diagnosed in 40–60% of psychiatric patients, rendering them the most common of all psychiatric diagnoses.

65–90% of people treated for a substance use disorder have at least one personality disorder.

Traumatic childhood experiences are risk factors that elevate the chances that an individual may develop a personality disorder.

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