Today we’re gonna talk about: Causes and Treatments for Personality Disorders

I’m Angela Howard and my passion is to break the stigma of mental health issues among fellow Christians. If you’re new to my channel please subscribe and don’t forget to click on that notifications bell so you don’t miss out on new content.

If you or someone you love is struggling with the diagnosis of a personality disorder it’s helpful to understand some of the causes and possible treatments for this mental illness. As I shared in a previous video personality is a combination of thoughts, behaviors and emotions that make you a unique individual. It’s how you view yourself and others. This is formed during your childhood shaped by both our genes and our environment.  It only stands to reason that personality disorders are thought to be a combination of those influences.

Your genes might make you vulnerable to a personality disorder and then a life situation or event might trigger its’ development. You are definitely at risk if you have a family history of personality disorders, or are in abusive, traumatic, or unstable home environments. Even the loss of parent or neglect can cause issues in the formation of our personalities. It’s important to remember that this is a developmental response to both your genes and your environment. There is hope with treatment.

Treatment options will vary based on your disorder so it’s important to consult with your psychiatrist for a personal recommendation. Treatment can vary from medications, talk therapy, art therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy which often includes group DBT. Click on the link in the show notes for more information on DBT. A special note regarding group therapy: It’s often really helpful to include family or friends in the process. They need a chance to get educated and find out how to best support you.

Personality disorders can be very isolating. Remember that you are never truly alone. Joshua 1:9 says…

Scripture:

Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 (NLT)

Question:

What questions do you have about personality disorders? Comment below, and I’ll do my best to answer your question.

Resources:

Connect to a counselor: https://hisheartfoundation.org/request-a-counselor-referral/

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: https://www.pdbti.org/

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