In the psychological literature, Personality Disorders are described as follows: A Personality Disorder is defined as an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of an individual’s culture, is pervasive and inflexible, has an onset in adolescence or early adulthood, is stable over time, and leads to distress or impairment.
I share this with you because there is a great deal of misinformation about Personality Disorders, and I felt it is important for you to know how I perceive this spectrum of emotional difficulties. Specifically, I believe that behavior can be maintained through both environmental and internal dynamics. Therefore, it is my role in treatment to help you identify what is maintaining your current behavior patterns, assist you in addressing both internal and external factors that make the patterns persist, and assist you in developing more functional ways of feeling and behaving.
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