Personality Disorders are conditions that affect how people manage their feelings and how they relate to other people. In order to adapt to a complex environment, people need to have different strategies that they can use in interactions with others, which will help them to adapt to society and protect themselves from suffering.
People affected by Personality Disorders don’t have this degree of flexibility. Disturbances of feeling and distorted beliefs about other people lead to relationship difficulties.
The main symptoms include:
- being overwhelmed by negative feelings such as distress, anxiety, worthlessness or anger;
- avoiding other people and feeling empty and emotionally disconnected;
- difficulty managing negative feelings without self-harming (for example, abusing drugs and alcohol);
- difficulty maintaining stable and close relationships.
Personality disorders can be treated with a variety of approaches, including Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Mentalization-Based Therapy (MBT), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, EMDR. In general, I discuss the treatment plan with each client and draw from my background the techniques that are most appropriate to that specific person and his/her situation.