Mental health and therapy

Personality disorders

We all have changing moods and we all act on impulse occasionally. Some people are affected by these things continually and to a much greater degree, making it difficult to go about everyday things. We are here to support and help you understand and manage your changing moods and impulses.

St John of God Health Care personality disorders 

What is borderline personality disorder?

 Borderline personality disorder refers to an ongoing condition where people often experience overwhelming emotions, deep feelings of insecurity and impulsive behaviour.

What are the signs of a personality disorder?

You may be diagnosed with a personality disorder if:

  • you have a history of self-destructive or impulsive behaviour which affects you and those around you, including frequent mood swings
  • your emotions, thoughts and behaviour make it difficult for you to go about your day-to-day life
  • find it hard to change the way you do things, even when it negatively affects your ability to hold a job or maintain relationships with people.

How can treatment help?

You may be referred to help if your disorder is stopping you doing your daily activities. It is not always easy to manage a personality disorder so it is important to know help is available.

Our personality disorder program

The focus of our personality disorders program is on enhancing your motivation and increasing your own capabilities. A treatment plan is developed around your needs – which may include medications, psychotherapies, exercise, nutrition and pastoral care.It can involve group or individual sessions with a psychologist or psychiatrist.

We may offer dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), an evidence-based therapy which is widely-used for people who have borderline personality disorder, or strong traits of this disorder.

DBT is our preferred treatment approach but depending on your needs, we may also offer cognitive behavioural therapy (CTB), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy or schema-focused therapy.

Our approach to personality disorders

Research shows DBT is very effective in reducing suicidal behaviour, deliberate self-harm, hospitalisation, substance use, anger, depression and in improving general quality of life.

The therapy focuses on enhancing your motivation and increasing your own capabilities.

Topics may include:

  • mindfulness
  • distress tolerance
  • emotion regulation
  • interpersonal effectiveness.

Our inpatient programs aim to help you tackle the acute symptoms that need to be managed urgently. Your inpatient stay will generally last 21 days.

We also offer outpatient programs which are group-therapy based which you can access without being an inpatient or after a stay with us.

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