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Personality Disorder NOS Treatment

(Also Known As: Personality Disorder Treatment, Personality Disorders Treatment, Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment, Mixed Personality Disorder Treatment)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What are the treatment available for Personality Disorders?

Borderline Personality Disorder

The mainstay of treatment is various forms of psychotherapy, although medication and other approaches may also improve symptoms. The American Psychiatric Association has provided guidelines for a recommended BPD psychotherapy treatment for this disorder:

  • Therapy is not expected to be brief
  • A strong helping relationship develops between patient and therapist
  • Clear roles and responsibilities of patient and therapist are established
  • Therapist is active and directive, not a passive listener
  • Patient and therapist usually develop a hierarchy of priorities
  • Therapist conveys empathic validation, plus the need for patient to control his/her behavior
  • Flexibility is needed as new circumstances, including stresses, develop
  • Limit setting, preferably mutually agreed upon, is used
  • Concomitant individual and group approaches are used

Pharmacotherapy is used to treat personality features that interfere with patients’ overall functioning.

  • Antipsychotics – used to control anger, hostility and brief psychotic episodes
  • Antidepressants – alleviates depressed mood
  • MAO inhibitors – modulates impulsive behavior
  • Benzodiazepines – alleviates anxiety and depression
  • Anticonvulsants & SSRI’s – improves general functioning of patients

Personality Disorder NOS

Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder – Psychotherapy: has many loop holes; fulfilling patient’s demands supports their pathology while refusing their demands, rejects them; clinicians must treat suicide tendencies as any concealed expression of anger and not as object loss in major depressive disorder. Pharmacotherapy: Antidepressants is prescribed only when clinical symptoms of depression and the risk of suicide exist.

Depressive Personality Disorder – Psychotherapy: patients respond to insight-oriented psychotherapy because their check on reality is good and they can perceive what is about to happen in the psychodynamics of their disease, cognitive therapy aids patients in understanding the cognitive manifestations of their low self-esteem and pessimism. Pharmacotherapy: Antidepressants, SRRI’s, psycho stimulants and all other pharmacological agents should be combined with psychotherapy to yield best results. 11

Could You Have Personality Disorder NOS?

Personality Disorder NOS Topics

Related Conditions

Antisocial Personality Disorder – pervasive behavior, disregard of rights of others, lack of empathy
Avoidant Personality Disorder – pervasive social inhibition, feeling of inadequacy, fear of being criticized or rejected
Borderline Personality Disorder – variable mood, unstable relationship, psychosis
Dependent Personality Disorder - dependence towards others, get others to assume responsibility for major areas of their lives, lacks self-confidence, may experience intense discomfort when left alone for more than a brief period
Histrionic Personality Disorder - exhibits excitability and are highly emotional, manifests a colorful, dramatic, extroverted behavior with the inability to maintain long-lasting attachments.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder - characterized by a heightened sense of self-importance and grandiose feelings of uniqueness
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – obsession to perfection, compulsive personality, obsession, perfectionist, routine and repetitive activities
Paranoid Personality Disorder – long standing suspiciousness, mistrust of others, paranoia, maladaptive behavior
Schizoid Personality Disorder – lack of interest with social relationship, prefer to be in solitary, emotional coldness, indifference
Schizotypal Personality Disorder - odd personality, perceives magical thinking, peculiar notions, ideas of reference, illusions and derealization.