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 into the lives of 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 of how to help. Some family and friends may even view behavior as unpredictable and explosive.
Families may not understand that these behaviors are attempts at coping with the struggles of the disorder. The strong stigma against people with personality disorders, as well as the historic difficulty in diagnosing and treating these disorders, can make the struggle for treatment and stability even more challenging.
Solara Mental Health specializes in personality disorder treatment in San Diego, utilizing psychiatric counseling and sometimes medications. We understand how overwhelming and difficult living with a personality disorder can be, particularly if family and friends are unsure of how to help.
Here, we recognize that the symptoms of client’s personality disorder come from their illness, not from their true personality. As such, our program takes a nuanced, in-depth approach to personality disorder treatment, grounded in a strong understanding of these disorders, to help clients let go of shame and come to a stable, unified sense of self.