Treatment for Personality Disorders

Personality disorders are fairly difficult to treat in that they pose certain barriers for doctors to effectively encourage most patients to continue with the treatment for long periods of time. Aside from the fact that there is no single cure yet known for such mental disorders, doctors have to face certain challenges in treating personality disorders in patients.

The best way that doctors make use of in treating the different types of personality disorders is the right combination of medication and therapy. Certain medications are employed in order to help people with personality disorders cope up with their condition.

Aside from the disorders, most sufferers also have to deal with mental and emotional strain brought about by their condition that can further lead to other problems such as panic, phobia and depression. The medications provided are usually given to treat these other conditions to help make the personality disorder easier to cope up with.

There are different types of medications used to help support the therapy side of treating personality disorders.

Antidepressants

Antidepressants that doctors use in order to help relieve anxiety and depression that most people with personality disorders have to go through. There are also anticonvulsants that are used by doctors in order to help suppress impulsive and aggressive behavior.

Antipsychotic

Antipsychotic drugs which are used to treat people with borderline or schizotypal personality disorders. This type of medication is used to treat sufferers who are likely to lose touch with reality and help to treat or improve distorted thinking. Other medications include anti-anxiety drugs as well as mood stabilizers that are used to relieve a variety of symptoms that are associated with personality disorders.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy 

This type of therapy can help patients recognize that they are responsible in part for the disorder and how it affects them and the people all around them. This therapy can also help sufferers able to learn different ways on how to react better to people as well as problems despite their condition.

Cognitive Behavior therapy

This type of treatment involves trying to help patients alter or modify the way they think about problems that will lead to an improvement in emotional reaction and behavior.

Dialectical Behavior therapy

The dialectical Behavior therapy helps develop coping skills in patients. This therapy is used in order to help patients learn how to acquire better control of different behaviors and emotions. Techniques such as mindfulness can help patients observe their feelings without reacting. This therapy approach is usually used to treat people with borderline personality disorder.