Do I Have A Personality Disorder?

What Is A Personality Disorder

Personality disorders (PD) are a class of mental disorders characterized by enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience, exhibited across many contexts and deviating from those accepted by the individual's culture. These patterns develop early, are inflexible, and are associated with significant distress or disability.

Personality, defined psychologically, is the set of enduring behavioral and mental traits that distinguish individual humans. Hence, personality disorders are defined by experiences and behaviors that differ from social norms and expectations. Those diagnosed with a personality disorder may experience difficulties in cognition, emotiveness, interpersonal functioning, or impulse control. In general, personality disorders are diagnosed in 40–60% of psychiatric patients, making them the most frequent of psychiatric diagnoses.

Do I Have A Personality Disorder

Do I Have A Personality Disorder

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Personality Disorders

Cbt Therapy can help people with personality disorder identify and change core beliefs and behaviors that underlie inaccurate perceptions of themselves and others, and problems interacting with others. CBT may help reduce a range of mood and anxiety symptoms and reduce the number of  self-harming behaviors.

CBT for personality disorders focuses on identifying core beliefs, conditional,
and unconditional assumptions. Focusing on current functioning and interpersonal behavior (both in “real life” and within the therapy relationship) understood through the prism of one’s schemas and the self-perpetuating cycles; and recognizing the schemas’ developmental origins. During therapy there is a focus on both cognitive modification and behavioral experiments. 

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Yair Berko, LCSW is an expert Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. He is recognized by both the Israeli and European CBT associations as an expert CBT therapist and supervisor. He was trained by Beck Institute in treatment of Personality Disorders.