Livewell Southwest offers a service to help people with a personality disorder to manage their condition. Around one-in-twenty people has a personality disorder, but not everyone understands what they are.
A person’s thoughts, behaviours and feelings are all unique, it’s these elements which “shape” their personality and which influence how that person relates to other people, and experiences the world. Everyone exhibits similar personality traits to greater or lesser degrees, but when someone shows personality traits which cause problems – for examples with relationships or their emotions – then they may be diagnosed with having a form of personality disorder.
Personality disorders can be rooted in trauma, negative childhood environments, pre-disposing biological factors or a combination of factors. Symptoms can include difficulties with self-image and confidence, impulsive behaviour, unstable moods and instability in personal relationships – all of which can be distressing for the person experiencing them.
The Livewell Southwest personality disorders service offers specialist psychological assessment and treatment for personality disorders, using NICE-recommended treatment such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (for borderline personality disorders). Referrals require the individual to have a care coordinator or a lead professional attached to a community mental health team.
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