Q & A – Can I use self help for a personality disorder?

While self-help can be a useful supplement to therapy and other forms of professional treatment for a personality disorder, it is not typically recommended as a sole treatment approach.

Personality disorders are complex and often deeply ingrained patterns of behavior and thought, and they can be difficult to change without the help of a trained mental health professional. However, there are a variety of self-help strategies that can help individuals with personality disorders to manage their symptoms and improve their overall well-being, such as:

  1. Mindfulness and relaxation techniques: Practicing mindfulness and relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation, can help individuals with personality disorders to manage symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress.
  2. Self-monitoring and self-awareness: Keeping track of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can help you to develop a greater understanding of your personality disorder and identify patterns or triggers that contribute to your symptoms.
  3. Self-help resources: There are a variety of self-help books, online resources, and support groups available that can provide information and guidance on managing personality disorders.
  4. Healthy lifestyle habits: Engaging in regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and avoiding alcohol and drugs can help to improve overall physical and mental health.

However, it’s important to note that self-help strategies are not a substitute for professional treatment. If you suspect that you may have a personality disorder, it’s important to seek the help of a qualified mental health professional who can provide a proper diagnosis and develop a personalized treatment plan.

Author: Linda Turner

Coaching and Therapy Currently studying Psychotherapy , Cognitive psychology, Hypnotherapy. Qualified NLP, EMDR and CBT therapist. REIKI Master. I believe in truth, honesty and integrity! ≧◔◡◔≦

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