Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Conway Behavioral Health | 2255 Sturgis Road Conway AR 72034 to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Conway Behavioral Health | 2255 Sturgis Road Conway AR 72034.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Signs & Symptoms of Personality Disorders

Get in front of a personality disorder by learning its effects. Read what causes a personality disorder, what signs to look out for, and potential co-occurring disorders. Personality disorders can affect our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Understanding your symptoms is the first step to successful healing.
Understanding Personality Disorders

Learn more about personality disorders

Each person on the planet has a unique personality that represents an accumulation of genetic and cultural influences, experiences, and traits that shape his or her outward identity and inner life. But when an individual suffers from a personality disorder, he or she will exhibit thoughts and behaviors that deviate significantly from cultural expectations, resulting in a damaging loss of healthy functioning. More than just a set of idiosyncrasies or quirks, these atypical thoughts and behaviors so severely contradict societal norms that they will negatively impact the affected individual in serious ways, and will continue to do so for long periods of time.

For the purposes of diagnosis, the American Psychological Association (APA) has divided the ten personality disorders into three main groups called clusters, which are based on descriptive similarities. While it must be remembered that there are documented limitations of this organizational method, these clusters serve to help clinicians categorize their patients’ symptoms, and include the following:

  • Cluster A: paranoid, schizoid, and schizotypal personality disorders (Individuals with these disorders often appear odd or eccentric.)
  • Cluster B: antisocial, borderline, histrionic, and narcissistic personality disorders (Individuals with these disorders often appear dramatic, emotional, or erratic.)
  • Cluster C: avoidant, dependent, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorders (These individuals often appear anxious or fearful.)

Personality disorders can limit your ability to care for yourself and others; to engage in professional, academic, and social environments; and to forge and maintain personal relationships. But while these detriments can be severe, if you are suffering from a personality disorder, there is still hope for living a balanced life. With professional treatment, you can learn to manage your symptoms.

Statistics

Statistics for personality disorders

According to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), personality disorders, while less common than other mental illnesses, affect over 9% of the adult U.S. population. While there is limited reliable data on the overall prevalence of these conditions, the APA reports the following statistics:

  • Cluster A represents about 1.5% of all diagnosed personality disorders
  • Cluster B represents about 6.0% of all diagnosed personality disorders
  • Cluster C represents about 9.1% of all diagnosed personality disorders, suggesting a high frequency of co-occurring personality disorders from different clusters
  • Certain personality disorders (e.g., antisocial personality disorder) are diagnosed more frequently in males
  • Other personality disorders (e.g., borderline, histrionic, and dependent personality disorders) are diagnosed more frequently in females

Causes & Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for personality disorders

Personality disorders are complex diseases that result from a combination of environmental and genetic influences. While more data must be collected and reviewed to better understand the root causes of personality disorders, researchers have identified some reliable factors that, when present, may heighten your risk for developing this type of mental illness.

  • Having a first-degree relative with a personality disorder or other serious mental illness
  • Exposure to chronic conflict and stress
  • Personal history of substance abuse/addiction
  • Being the victim of abuse
  • Suffering from childhood neglect
  • Poor attachment to primary caregivers during early development

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of personality disorders

Given that there are more than ten types of diagnosable personality disorders, the range of signs and symptoms that accompany these conditions is varied and extensive. An assessment from a qualified mental health professional is the best way to identify the presence of a mental illness, and it is recommended that you seek help should you or a loved one begin exhibiting any of the following signs:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Displaying episodes of excessive mood swings or exhibiting an overall inability to emote
  • Frequently having explosive outbursts or withdrawing into isolation
  • Lacking the ability to control anger and acting out aggressively as a result (often engaging in violent and/or illegal activity)
  • Exhibiting extreme reactions to perceived abandonment, regardless of whether or not that abandonment truly exists
  • Chronically engaging in self-harming behavior

Physical symptoms:

  • Noticeable weight loss or weight gain
  • Presence of injuries resulting from self-harming behaviors
  • Significant shifts in eating habits
  • Alterations in one’s need for sleep
  • Exhibiting tics or other forms of psychomotor agitation

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Delusions and/or hallucinations
  • Periods of depersonalization
  • Extreme paranoia
  • Episodes of dissociation

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Pervasive and all-consuming feelings of loneliness and emptiness
  • Propensity for grandiose or magical thinking
  • Extremely low self-esteem
  • Deteriorated sense of self-worth
  • Chronic feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, or an overinflated ego
  • Inability to form and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships
  • Fluctuating self-image

Effects

Effects of personality disorders

When the symptoms of a personality disorder persist without treatment, many damaging effects can negatively impact your life, including the following:

  • Making repeated attempts at suicide
  • Inability to obtain or maintain steady employment
  • Experiencing financial strife as a result of being unable to maintain employment
  • Demoralized sense of self
  • Legal problems and incarceration
  • Severe relationship disturbances
  • Significant familial discord and isolation
  • Deterioration of one’s hygiene and physical health
  • Engaging in chronic self-harming behaviors

Co-Occurring Disorders

Personality disorders and co-occurring disorders

Many people who have a personality disorder also struggle with symptoms of other mental health conditions. Known as having a co-occurring disorder, if you are diagnosed with a personality disorder, you may also experience symptoms of the following mental health conditions:

  • Eating disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Substance use disorders
  • Panic disorder
  • Other personality disorders
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)