Personality Disorders Treatment Cape Town

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Personality disorders are a group of illnesses which are symptomized by long-term patterns of thoughts and behaviors that are unhealthy and inflexible.

These behaviors cause serious problems in day to day life, particularly with relationships and work. People with personality disorders have trouble dealing with everyday stress, they may become severely overwhelmed or completely devoid of emotion. They also tend to have troubling relationships, with fluctuating emotional responses to their partners.

The cause of personality disorders is unknown. However, genes and childhood experiences may play a role in the development of these disorders. Dr. Koller guides his clients through their disorders, helping them to see how their behaviour is affecting those around them and developing ways to control or change their responses to stressors.

Common personality disorders include the following:

  • Antisocial Personality Disorder: Disregard for and violation of the rights of others, lack of empathy, bloated self-image, manipulative and impulsive behavior.
  • Borderline Personality Disorder: Abrupt mood swings, instability in relationships, self-image, identity, behavior and affect, often leading to self-harm and impulsivity.
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Grandiosity, need for admiration, and a lack of empathy
  • Paranoia and Delusional Disorders: Irrational suspicion and mistrust of others, interpreting motivations as malevolent.
  • Schizoid Personality Disorder: Lack of interest and detachment from social relationships, apathy, and restricted emotional expression.
  • Schizotypal Personality Disorder: Extreme discomfort interacting socially, and distorted cognitions and perceptions.

These disorders can be dangerous if left untreated. Dr. Koller aims to provide his clients with a safe, secure environment to explore their thoughts and feelings. With the help of therapy and medication, people with personality disorders can lead normal lives with healthy relationships.