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Personality Disorders

“This crack in your façade can be the first glimpse you have had to your real self. Ironically, your newly experienced vulnerability — the feeling that you are now exposed for all the world to see, that are your weaknesses are now visible — is the very thing that can save you.” — Merri Lisa Johnson

What are Personality Disorders?

According to the American Psychiatric Association, personality is the way of thinking, feeling, and behaving that makes a person different from others. An individual’s personality is influenced by experiences, environment (surroundings, life situations), and inherited characteristics. A person’s personality typically stays the same over time. A personality disorder is a way of thinking, feeling, and behaving that deviates from the culture’s expectations, causes distress or problems functioning, and lasts over time.

Personality disorders are long-term patterns of behavior and inner experiences that differ significantly from what is expected. The pattern of experience and behavior begins by late adolescence or early adulthood and causes distress or problems in functioning.

Signs of using dissociative drugs:

  • 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 is 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.
  • Seem always to be aloof or not able to show a lot of emotion.
  • Tend 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 show guilt or remorse.
  • Disregard the safety of self and others.
  • Lie, steal and fight often.
  • Often are angry or arrogant.

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.
  • Thinks relationships with others are closer than they are.

Narcissistic personality disorder

  • Believe that 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.
  • Has difficulty initiating projects or doing things on their own.
  • Difficulty disagreeing with others, fearing disapproval.
  • Urgent need to start a new relationship when a close 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.
  • Neglect of friends and enjoyable activities because of excessive commitment to work or a project.
  • Rigid and stubborn.
  • Inflexible about morality, ethics, or values.

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.

Maui Recovery provides a wide range of programs and activities designed to help our patients flourish. These activities include:

Our Personality Disorder Treatment Plan at Maui Recovery Helps Clients Learn to Adapt to Changes and The Demands of Life.

Here at Maui Recovery, we want to help empower their restoration and help them transform from addiction by providing programs that heal the Whole Self and turn the shame that they may feel towards themselves into a love they have for themself.

Individuals struggling with personality disorders tend to find it challenging to adapt to changes and demands of a “normal” life. Personality disorders make it difficult to form meaningful relationships with others, and individuals find themselves experiencing intense fear of abandonment, instability, and being left.

Here at Maui Recovery, we believe in second chances, growth, healing, and self-discovery.

Once anyone walks through our doors, they become an official part of the Maui Recovery Ohana. We respect every individual’s goal, process, and timeline. Everyone is different, so we take pride in coming together to find the right path for everyone.

Maui Recovery is here to help the individual and their family every step of the way to feel comfortable while transitioning and heal from the past trauma and experiences they have encountered because of their addiction.

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