The word ‘personality’ refers to the pattern of thoughts, feelings and behaviour that makes each of us the individuals that we are. Generally our personality doesn’t change very much, however it does develop as we go through different life experiences and as our circumstances change. We are usually flexible enough to learn from past experiences and change our behaviour to cope with life more effectively.
If your patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving are more difficult to change, you will have a more limited range of emotions, attitudes and behaviours with which to cope with everyday life. However, the diagnosis of a personality disorder applies if you have personality difficulties which affect all aspects of your life, all the time, and make life difficult for you and for those around you. Personality disorder is one of the most misunderstood and stigmatised diagnoses in mental health.
Our treatment approach for personality disorders
Our approach to treating personality disorders at Nightingale Hospital London combines’ individualised programmes with treatments based on current clinical evidence. CBT can help you examine your usual pattern of thoughts and attitudes and allow you to challenge ideas and beliefs that cause you problems and psychodynamic therapy can help you manage your relationships with other people and improve the way you feel about yourself. Dialectical behaviour therapy teaches skills to help manage emotions, improve the way you interact with others and change the behaviour that causes you the most problems. Arts therapies help to express how you are feeling if you are having difficulty putting things into words and group therapy is beneficial for anyone who avoids social situations or depends too much on another person.
There are no medications specifically for personality disorder, but doctors may prescribe them to treat additional problems, such as irritability or depression. It may take some time to find a drug that works for you, and often medication may be most effective when combined with a talking personality disorder treatment.
Personality disorder treatment tailored to you
Our treatments for personality disorders here in London can be as an outpatient, day patient or inpatient. We have the expertise in personality disorders to approach the support and treatment we offer in a personal and flexible way to benefit you the most in your recovery.
Personality Disorder Specialists
Nightingale Hospital London has a number of Consultant Psychiatrists and Therapists that can help you through your personality disorder. It is vital you find a personality disorder specialist that you can trust and work with on your recovery. If you cannot find the information you need on personality disorder specialists and personality disorder treatment programmes we would welcome your call so you feel secure in the decisions you make.
Please contact us confidentially on 020 7535 7700 24 hours a day.