Personality disorders are a group of related illnesses that affect an individual’s personality and behavior. Although specific symptoms vary from disorder to disorder and person to person, personality disorders as a whole are usually characterized by the lack of a coherent identity/sense of self, a tendency to extreme reactions to perceived threats, an inability to adapt, and a difficulty sustaining relationships and accepting love.
Personality disorders can bring profound instability, insecurity, isolation, and pain to those living with these disorders. These disorders can be especially difficult for the family and friends, who see their loved one suffering, but are unsure how to help. Some family and friends may even view behavior as unpredictable and explosive.
Here, we recognize that veterans’ personality disorder symptoms come from their illness, not their true personalities. As such, our program takes a nuanced, in-depth approach to personality disorder treatment, grounded in a strong understanding of these disorders, to help veterans let go of shame and come to a stable, unified sense of self.