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Personality Disorders

People with a personality disorder think, feel, and behave in a way that differs from cultural norms, causing significant distress that affects how they function. At Newstone Behavioral Health in Garland, Texas, Bosede Iwuamadi, DNP, PMHNP, and the team specialize in diagnosing and treating personality disorders. They provide all care through telehealth, making it easy and convenient for you to get the help and support you need. Call Newstone Behavioral Health or schedule an appointment online today.

Personality Disorders Q & A

I have a hard time relating to people. Do I have a personality disorder?

Your personality is how you think, feel, and behave and develops from your experiences, life situations, and inherited traits.

People with personality disorders think, feel, and behave in a way that deviates from what’s culturally expected, causing distress or harm. Personality disorders affect:

  • How you think about yourself and others
  • How you respond emotionally
  • How you relate to others
  • Behavior control

If you have a hard time relating to others, a poor self-image, and peculiar behaviors, then you should schedule a consultation at Newstone Behavioral Health. Only a psychiatric professional can diagnose personality disorders.


What are the types of personality disorders?

There are several types of personality disorders. Some of the common types include:

Antisocial personality disorder

A person with antisocial personality disorder has little respect for others and doesn't follow social norms or rules.


Borderline personality disorder (BPD)

BPD affects emotional regulation, resulting in mood swings that make it hard to maintain relationships. People with BPD are also impulsive and have low self-esteem.

Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder

People with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder have an overwhelming preoccupation with order, control, and perfection. They focus on details and schedules and work excessively.

Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder isn’t the same as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which is a mental health condition characterized by a pattern of intrusive thoughts that cause distress, triggering the need to engage in repetitive behaviors.


Schizotypal personality disorder

Someone with schizotypal personality disorder struggles with developing close relationships and has peculiar thoughts and behaviors.


Is schizophrenia a personality disorder?

Schizophrenia isn’t a personality disorder, but it's a serious mental illness that changes how a person thinks, acts, and experiences the world around them. When symptoms are active, people with schizophrenia appear to have lost touch with reality. 

Though serious, people with schizophrenia can live full and active lives when they have the right support and care.


What are the treatments for a personality disorder?

The team at Newstone Behavioral Health customizes treatment plans for personality disorders based on type, symptoms, and willingness to engage in therapy. 

Psychotherapy is the primary treatment for personality disorders. The team at Newstone Behavioral Health may use various therapeutic approaches to help you understand how your behavior affects others and learn how to improve behaviors and manage symptoms.

Newstone Behavioral Health is a family-oriented practice and may recommend family therapy so your loved ones better understand your disorder and help you.

Call Newstone Behavioral Health or book an appointment online today.