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What are Personality Disorders ?

Navigating the Complex World of Personality Disorders: Insights from Lokiten Behavorial Health

Personality disorders encompass a range of mental health conditions characterized by enduring, inflexible patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving. These patterns significantly diverge from cultural norms, leading to distress or impairment in social, occupational, and other vital aspects of functioning. Stable over time, these disorders often require comprehensive understanding and tailored interventions.

Understanding Personality Disorders


Personality disorders are broadly categorized into three clusters based on similar characteristics and symptoms:


Cluster A includes Paranoid, Schizoid, and Schizotypal Personality Disorders, marked by odd or eccentric behaviors.

Cluster B encompasses Antisocial, Borderline, Histrionic, and Narcissistic Personality Disorders, characterized by dramatic, overly emotional, or unpredictable thinking or behavior.

Cluster C involves Avoidant, Dependent, and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorders, defined by anxious and fearful behavior or thinking.

Each disorder presents unique challenges and requires a nuanced approach to treatment and support.


Personality disorders can be challenging to treat, but with the right treatment, including therapy and medication, people with personality disorders can learn to manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

Tailored Treatment Approaches


At Lokiten Behavorial Health in Colorado Springs, we are dedicated to providing personalized care for individuals with personality disorders. Understanding the complexity of these conditions, our treatment strategies are designed to address the specific needs of each individual, fostering growth, healing, and improved quality of life.



Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is the cornerstone of treatment for personality disorders. Techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Schema Therapy are utilized to help individuals recognize and modify problematic thinking patterns, develop healthier coping mechanisms, and improve interpersonal relationships.


Medication Management


While no medications are approved specifically for the treatment of personality disorders, certain medications may be prescribed to address specific symptoms or co-occurring conditions, such as depression or anxiety. Our approach to medication management is careful and collaborative, ensuring that any prescribed treatment aligns with the individual’s overall care plan.


Supportive Services


Recognizing the importance of a supportive environment, Lokiten Behavorial Health offers additional services, including group therapy, family counseling, and educational workshops. These resources are designed to provide individuals and their loved ones with the tools and knowledge necessary to navigate the complexities of personality disorders together.

Located in Colorado Springs or by Virtual Appointment

Lokiten Behavorial Health is dedicated to providing top-tier mental health services to the Colorado Springs community. Our local focus ensures that we're accessible and attuned to the needs of our neighbors, offering both in-person and virtual care options to fit diverse lifestyles.

Frequently Asked Questions About Personality Disorders and Treatment

What exactly is a personality disorder?

A personality disorder is a type of mental health condition characterized by enduring patterns of inner experience and behavior that deviates significantly from the expectations of a person's culture. These patterns are pervasive, inflexible, and lead to distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

How do I know if I or someone I care about has a personality disorder?

Diagnosing a personality disorder requires a thorough assessment by a mental health professional. Signs may include persistent difficulties in personal and social relationships, rigid and unhealthy patterns of thinking or behavior, and significant distress or problems functioning in daily life. If you recognize these patterns, seeking a professional evaluation can be a crucial first step.

Can personality disorders be treated?

Yes, while personality disorders can be challenging to treat, significant progress can be made with the right therapeutic approach. Treatment often involves psychotherapy, which may include methods like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and in some cases, medication to manage specific symptoms or co-occurring conditions.

What type of therapy is most effective for personality disorders?

The effectiveness of therapy can vary depending on the individual and the specific personality disorder. Techniques like CBT, DBT, and Schema Therapy have been found to be beneficial. The key is a personalized approach that addresses the unique needs and circumstances of the individual.

Are medications prescribed for personality disorders?

Medications are not typically the primary treatment for personality disorders but may be used to address specific symptoms or co-occurring conditions such as anxiety or depression. The decision to use medication is made on a case-by-case basis, considering the individual's overall treatment plan.