Treating Personality Disorders in Veterans
Different clusters and types of personality disorders may require different kinds of treatment. A customized treatment plan can be developed for veterans to help best fit individual needs. Treatment is also dependent on how severe the disorder is, and the current situations in a veteran’s life.
Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, is an approach that is the most commonly used method of treating personality disorders. However, psychiatric treatment is not enough to treat these disorders. Veterans can take a holistic approach to help ensure that their medical and social needs are also met.
Psychotherapy can help veterans discuss their thoughts, feelings, moods, and behaviors. Veterans can also learn about their condition, manage it, and cope with stress and other difficult situations.
There are different types of talk therapy treatments that are usually provided in individual, group, or family sessions. Veterans can also get training in critical social skills.
Social skills training helps veterans use the knowledge gained in therapy to adopt healthy ways of managing their symptoms and behaviors. By using this approach they build relationships and improve social interactions with others.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any specific medications to treat personality disorders. However, certain medications can be used to alleviate some personality disorder symptoms.
- Antidepressants. These types of drugs may be used to improve some personality disorder symptoms like depression, anger, feeling irritable, or impulse control.
- Mood stabilizers. Mood stabilizers can help impulse control, mood swings, feeling irritable, and aggression.
- Antipsychotic medications. These drugs are also known as neuroleptics and can help people with severe symptoms manage their anxiety and anger issues.
- Anti-anxiety medications. Doctors can use them to treat anxiety symptoms, agitation, or insomnia. However, these drugs should be cautiously used because they can sometimes increase impulsive behavior in certain types of these disorders.
Solara Mental Health provides medication for personality disorders on an as-needed basis. Depending on the diagnosis and severity of the disorder, the clinical team can determine whether medication will be beneficial.