COMPASSION ∙ INSIGHT ∙ SUPPORT
Treatment for Personality Disorder works with obsessive-compulsiveness, dependent personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder and anti-social personality disorder to bring about a lessening of some of their more debilitating symptoms.
These personality disorders generally interfere with a person’s ability to adapt to the environment. They typically become evident in social or personal contexts, manifesting with extreme, maladaptive inflexibility.
Among the most common forms of personality disorder is obsessive-compulsiveness, also referred to as obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, in which a person is excessively preoccupied with orderliness, perfectionism and control. Dependent personality disorder is also common, and is characterized by submissiveness and clinging behavior that point to deep longings to be taken care of. Also common is narcissistic personality disorder which manifests with grandiosity, the need for admiration, and the lack of empathy for others. Anti-social personality disorder makes social interaction difficult and occasionally painful.
Generally, it is only after social impairment or distress becomes unbearable that a person will look for help, in large part because the very thought of interacting with a psychoanalyst is troubling.
A good personality disorder therapist is able to combine compassion with insight and support, and does not shy away from the patient’s awkwardness, preoccupations, or idiosyncrasies. It is frequently the case that the therapy situation becomes the first time in the patient’s life in which he or she does not encounter the general antipathy and hostility typically directed at people with severe personality disorders.