Our personalities are what define us as individuals and make us unique. There are those who are shy and quiet, others who are outgoing and boisterous, and some who are ambitious and driven. These personality types aren’t mutually exclusive, and many of us express traits that vary throughout our lives. But sometimes, rigid and unhealthy patterns of thinking, feeling or behaving can become embedded within our personalities, making it difficult to relate to others or function normally. When this happens, it’s known as a personality disorder, a mental health condition that can make day-to-day interactions a challenge.

There are several different types of personality disorders, and while the signs and symptoms vary, they often lead to behaviors that differ from accepted social norms. Those with a personality disorder tend to act one way — either inappropriately or destructively — and struggle to understand why others don’t do the same. Since their behavior seems reasonable to them, they tend to have a different view of the world and fail to see the consequences of their actions, causing friction or distress in social situations. Without treatment, the lasting impact can create significant challenges in their personal or professional lives.

At Alta Loma, we have experience treating residents with a variety of personality disorders. We know that the symptoms can interfere with and limit one’s relationships, social functioning, and performance at work or school, but this impact can be lessened with the right treatment. We employ the latest therapeutic methods and modalities to help individuals manage the symptoms of a personality disorder and achieve a renewed sense of mental wellness.

What are Personality Disorders?

Personality disorders are a group of mental health conditions characterized by ways of thinking or behaving that are unhealthy, destructive or maladaptive. Symptoms usually emerge during the teenage years or early adulthood, but vary depending on the specific personality disorder involved. Types of personality disorders are classified into three clusters based on similar characteristics.

  • Cluster A disorders are characterized by eccentric, paranoid or schizoid behaviors
  • Cluster B disorders are characterized by dramatic, attention-seeking, overly emotional or unpredictable habits and behaviors
  • Cluster C disorders are characterized by anxious or obsessive tendencies

Many people exhibit the signs of one or more personality disorders, and symptoms can range from mild to severe. An accurate diagnosis involves looking at long-term patterns of thinking or behaviors that differ from cultural expectations and addressing any co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders or substance abuse.

Types of Personality Disorders

The mental health experts at Alta Loma have experience with a number of personality disorders and can help residents effectively manage their symptoms. We can also help those with a co-occurring disorder or a dual diagnosis that includes autism spectrum disorders, which often appear alongside other mental health issues. A few commonly-known personality disorders that we can treat include the following, but this isn’t exhaustive.

Borderline Personality Disorder (Cluster B)

Characterized by severe emotional instability, a distorted or volatile self-image and impulsive behavior; often causes stormy relationships with others.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder (Cluster B)

Characterized by an inflated self-image and illusion of superiority; often leads to entitlement and an excessive need for praise and admiration.

Paranoid Personality Disorder (Cluster A)

Characterized by feelings of suspicion, paranoia or distrust of others; can interfere with the ability to form healthy relationships and lead to conflicts or jealous behavior.

Avoidant Personality Disorder (Cluster C)

Characterized by feelings of social inhibition or isolation and extreme shyness; individuals will often avoid social situations due to a fear of criticism or rejection.

Antisocial Personality Disorder (Cluster B)

Characterized by a lack of empathy or concern for others and manipulative behavior; individuals often struggle feeling guilt or remorse.

Histrionic Personality Disorder (Cluster B)

Characterized by a desire to be noticed and a sense of self-esteem that depends on others; often leads to dramatic or provocative behavior.

Dependent Personality Disorder (Cluster C)

Characterized by dependence on others to meet emotional or physical needs; individuals often avoid being alone and doubt their own abilities, seeking constant reassurance.

Personality Disorder Treatment by Alta Loma

Personality disorders are complex conditions that often require specialized care. Left untreated, symptoms can cause emotional distress and negatively impact one’s mental wellness. Some may also turn to drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism, with studies showing that between 43 and 77 percent of those with a personality disorder also have a substance abuse problem.

At Alta Loma, we provide transformational services for men diagnosed with personality disorders and other mental health issues. We provide a safe, structured environment where residents can find stability and hope, tailoring our services to meet the needs of each individual that walks through our doors. By combining the expertise of our psychiatric team with proven modalities and a highly personalized approach to recovery, we’re able to help those with complex diagnoses and co-occurring disorders who may have not found success at other treatment facilities.

Our program consists of supportive housing and three different levels of treatment programming at our clinical office. Some of the techniques we use to help residents achieve a lasting sense of mental wellness include:

  • Psychiatric evaluations and follow ups
  • Primary program at The Ranch
  • Extended care at The Villa
  • Supportive living environment at The Cottage
  • Medication management
  • Behavior analyst sessions
  • Substance use disorder treatment (if needed)
  • Life skills groups
  • Nutritional support and education
  • Chef-crafted meals
  • Community support groups
  • Mentorship

Integrated within our care programs are a range of effective modalities that help residents manage their symptoms and navigate the challenges of living with a personality disorder. By utilizing a multidisciplinary, holistic approach, our goal is to help each individual develop the skills, tools and knowledge they’ll need to heal and improve their overall quality of life.

Contact Alta Loma

Healing on Your Terms

If you or a loved one is dealing with a personality disorder or a dual diagnosis, we can help. Located in Georgetown, Texas, Alta Loma provides a transformative experience that supports residents as they take control of their symptoms and work toward a renewed sense of mental and emotional balance. Contact or call us today at 866.457.3843 to learn more or speak to one of our friendly representatives.