Will things improve for me?

Many people consider that personality disorders are difficult to treat because they involve such deeply rooted patterns of thoughts, feelings and ways of relating to others.

But personality disorders often improve as you get older. This suggests that as you gain life experience and mature, you learn better ways of relating to others, gain better understanding of your responses and reactions to people and events, and learn to manage things better. Successful treatments aim to help you make this happen by focusing on the way you think and behave, how to control your emotions, developing successful relationships and getting more out of life.

“Once you can really, truly understand yourself, you can learn to recognise when things aren’t good, warn people, ask for help more easily, put coping mechanisms in to place… take a lighter look at things and learn to joke about them. Once you laugh, mostly it doesn’t hurt so much anymore.”

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