A personality disorder is a treatable medical condition. At Conway Behavioral Health Hospital, we understand the challenges having a personality disorder brings. Our experienced and compassionate team will be with you through every step of treatment.
Treatment for Personality Disorders
Learn more about treatment for personality disorders at Conway Behavioral Health Hospital
When a person struggles to maintain a connection with reality, to communicate effectively, and to make sense of the world around him or her, he or she may be suffering from a personality disorder. These serious mental health conditions represent more than just a series of personality quirks or idiosyncrasies, and rather, indicate the presence of a severe mental illness.
Personality disorders can include symptoms such as visual or auditory hallucinations and/or delusions. These experiences can be terrifying, and can prevent the individual from being able to distinguish between what is real and what is not. Additionally, some personality disorders can bring on intense paranoia, causing affected individuals to live in constant fear of a perceived threat. Over time, an untreated personality disorder can make it impossible for one to care for himself or herself, to maintain relationships, to function to potential at work, and to take care of responsibilities at home.
But fortunately, with help from a quality treatment center, individuals can learn to manage symptoms of a personality disorder. Many providers offer specialized supports for these types of mental illnesses, and through a comprehensive treatment approach that includes both therapeutic and pharmacological interventions (if needed), you or a loved one can heal from the effects of a personality disorder.
How to Help a Loved One
Helping a loved one or family member get personality disorder treatment
If someone you care about begins showing signs that he or she may be suffering from symptoms of a personality disorder, know that you can play a critical role in helping him or her access life-changing care. However, even though you might be very motivated to assist your loved one in this process, you may be unsure of where to start. As you begin considering how to help a loved one get professional help for a personality disorder, please consider the following:
- Take some time to read about the signs and symptoms of personality disorders. In learning more about what your loved one is experiencing, you’ll increase your capacity for empathy, and better understand what he or she is going through.
- Begin looking into facilities in your loved one’s area that offer specialized treatment for personality disorders, and pay attention to the types of support they offer.
- Share your findings with your loved one, and maintain a calm and encouraging demeanor throughout the conversation. Be prepared to address the issue more than once, and expect some initial resistance.
- Assure your loved one that you will be there to help him or her before, during, and after he or she enters treatment, and offer to take care of any practical concerns that might make it easier for your loved one to focus on receiving care.
Throughout this time, it’s imperative that you prioritize your own health and well-being. Supporting a loved one who has a personality disorder can be a challenging endeavor, and you will need to make time to take care of yourself. Engage in activities that rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit, and you’ll be better able to encourage and support your loved one.
Why Consider Treatment
Why consider treatment for personality disorders at Conway Behavioral Health Hospital
While less common than other mental health conditions, personality disorders can wreak havoc on the individuals and families they affect. Because of the severity of the accompanying symptoms, these conditions can make it impossible to attend to the responsibilities of daily living, and to lead a healthy, autonomous life.
Without the support of a professional treatment center, individuals with personality disorders may suffer any number of damages to their mental, physical, and emotional health. They will likely be unable to hold down steady employment, to interact appropriately with others, or to successfully attend to basic personal responsibilities such as hygiene. At most severe, the presence of a personality disorder can cause compromised safety for both the affected individual and others.
If you or someone you care about begins showing signs of a personality disorder, know that there are treatment options available that can help get your or your loved one’s symptoms under control. With the proper supports in place, you or your loved one can regain control and begin the path to recovery.
Types of Treatment
Types of treatment for personality disorders offered at our hospital
Located in Conway, Arkansas, and serving Little Rock’s North Metro community and the surrounding area, Conway Behavioral Health Hospital is a place of hope and healing for adults who are struggling with mental and behavioral health concerns. Our scenic location provides a sense of calm, yet is only one mile away from the center of town, which makes us easily accessible. We have made every effort to bring the beauty of the outdoors inside, ensuring that our patients feel a sense of comfort and serenity as they heal.
If you or a loved one is suffering from the symptoms of a personality disorder, Conway Behavioral Health Hospital is an ideal setting to begin the journey to recovery. We understand that people have different needs and therefore require different plans of care to meet those needs. For this reason, we are dedicated to providing fully individualized treatment plans for each individual who chooses to heal with us.
If you receive treatment for a personality disorder at Conway, the following therapeutic interventions may be included in your customized plan of care:
If you require medical care in addition to therapeutic treatment for a personality disorder during your time at Conway, we are able to assist you. These services may be delivered by physicians, registered nurses (RNs), and/or licensed practical nurses (LPNs). Meetings with these professionals will be arranged on an as-needed basis.
There are situations in which medications can be a beneficial part of treatment for personality disorders. Your need for medication will be assessed upon admission, and should it be determined that this will be of benefit to you, you will meet with staff members for medication management services as needed.
You will have the opportunity to participate in individual therapy sessions with a licensed therapist or counselor at least once during your time at Conway, with additional meetings being scheduled when needed or requested. These one-on-one sessions can serve as an optimal time to process through your experiences and work through any challenges you are facing as you work towards healing from the symptoms of a personality disorder.
Group therapy sessions are offered a minimum of four times per day and include psychoeducation groups, skills rehearsal groups, recreational groups, and process groups. Participating in these groups gives you the opportunity to give and receive support from others who may be facing similar struggles. Examples of the various topics that may be discussed during these groups include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Adapting leisure skills
- Substance abuse
- Medication management
- Emotional regulation skills
- Distress tolerance skills
Because family support can be a crucial part of the healing process, we offer family therapy sessions once a week. Led by licensed therapists and counselors, these sessions provide you and your loved ones with time to work through the challenges you have experienced as a family, build a sense of unity, and learn how you can support one another moving forward. This can also serve as a time for your loved ones to learn more about personality disorders so that they can gain a better understanding of what you have experienced as a result of your symptoms.
Continuing care after inpatient treatment for personality disorders
Acute inpatient treatment is designed to be a short-term stabilization period. With the approximate length of stay being seven days, this form of programming is used to alleviate crises, provide immediate intervention for severe symptoms, initiate a medication management regimen when needed, and ultimately help you jumpstart your healing journey.
Due to the short-term nature of this programming, it is important for you to receive continuing care services once your inpatient stay has come to an end. In doing so, you will be able to practice the skills you learned while in acute care, continue to receive monitoring while in a less intensive environment, and have further support as you reintegrate back into your everyday life.
Upon admission into our program, your treatment team will immediately begin preparing a discharge plan that will be implemented once your inpatient stay is complete. This plan can include referrals to outside healthcare providers, support groups that may be of benefit to you, and contact information should you find yourself in need of crisis services in the future.
In choosing to come to Conway Behavioral Health Hospital, you can rest assured that you or your loved one will be provided with the utmost in quality and compassionate care. To learn more about our program, please contact us at your convenience.