What helps with personality disorders?

The people involved in your treatment

“It was only when I met some dedicated professionals who were willing to go that extra mile, did I then start to change and believe in myself. I was able to begin therapy and develop a good trusting relationship which has been consistent and secure…”

The most important factor in your treatment is the relationship you form with the professionals who are helping you, whether they are a social worker, psychiatric nurse, therapist or psychiatrist. Having someone you trust, who will give you time, listen to you and believe in you, is crucial for your progress.

Having a say in your treatment

Your family doctor or psychiatrist should discuss all your treatment options with you, and your views and preferences should always be taken into account when making decisions about your treatment.

Your treatment plan

Treatment plans need to include:

  • Group and individual therapies
  • Encouragement for you to continue with the programme
  • Education
  • Planning for crisis

You may receive treatment as an out-patient in a hospital or a day centre, or as an in-patient.

If you have been convicted of a crime, you may receive treatment in prison. Research has shown that treatment programmes in prisons are more successful, and more acceptable to a larger variety of people, than those that are delivered in secure hospitals. Prisons are seen as more friendly as well as more appropriate to treating crime. Being in hospital may set up expectations for treatment which are not met, and cause frustration and resentment.

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