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The diagnosis of a personality disorder does not dictate your future, and finding proper treatment can result in a healthier life. In 2020, 368 people in Delaware were diagnosed with a personality disorder. At SUN Behavioral Health Delaware, we solve unmet needs by providing people with personality disorder treatment. We also offer no-cost care assessments that allow you to meet with a representative as they create the best care plan for your needs.  

What We Treat: Personality Disorders

A personality disorder involves patterns of thoughts and behaviors over a long term that might be considered different than what culture expects. This mental health disorder results in people who experience a personality disorder experiencing behaviors and thoughts that are inflexible and unhealthy, which may result in concerns with relationships and work. They are also challenging for the person regarding their everyday life. A medical professional will do a thorough assessment to determine the best care plan for your needs. 

How We Treat Personality Disorders at SUN Behavioral Health Delaware

Treatment for personality disorders often involves talk therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This therapy helps change thoughts and behaviors from unhealthy to healthy. Our mental health services at SUN Behavioral Health Delaware offer inpatient and outpatient services. 

Inpatient at SUN Behavioral Health Delaware

Adults and adolescents with mental health concerns can benefit from our inpatient services. The typical stay at our facility is 7 to 14 days. 

Outpatient at SUN Behavioral Health Delaware

At the outpatient level, we offer partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) Monday through Friday for adults with mental health concerns. For adolescents, we only provide mental health PHP at this time. 

Personality Disorders: Causes

The most likely cause of a personality disorder is the combination of genetics and childhood environmental influences. These environmental influences may include abuse, hardships, or abandonment.

Personality Disorders: Who Do They Affect?

Personality disorders significantly affect the lives of those who have them, as they interfere with their daily and social lives. However, they can also significantly impact the lives of loved ones and make it challenging to continue relationships. 


Personality Disorders: Types and Symptoms

There are several types of personality disorders. Groups, known as clusters, categorize these types of disorders. These clusters are named Cluster A, Cluster B, and Cluster C. People with Cluster A personality disorders might have unusual or odd behaviors or thoughts. Those with Cluster B personality disorders may have thoughts and behaviors that seem dramatic or emotional. Meanwhile, people with a personality disorder that includes behaviors and thoughts seen as anxious and fearful may have a personality disorder within Cluster C.


Histrionic Personality Disorder

People who seem to have strong emotions and always want attention from others may have a Cluster B personality disorder known as histrionic personality disorder. They may appear to be very emotional or dramatic in their behaviors. Common symptoms may include

  • Acting overly seductive
  • Being overly concerned with their looks
  • Blaming failure and disappointment on others
  • Needing constant reassurance 

Antisocial Personality Disorder

Antisocial personality disorder, a Cluster B personality disorder, occurs when the person who has the disorder has a pattern of manipulating or exploiting others without remorse. They may have concerns regarding their relationships and work, and symptoms may include acting charming, manipulating people’s emotions, not showing remorse, and disregarding the safety of themselves and others. 

Borderline Personality Disorder

People who have borderline personality disorder may have concerns when it comes to managing their emotions, which can result in impulsive and uncertain thoughts and behaviors. This Cluster B personality disorder may result in chaotic relationships with other people. Symptoms often include a lack of confidence in their interests and values, which may change rapidly. People with this disorder may view things in extremes. For example, everything is either all good or all bad. Other symptoms people may experience are a fear of abandonment, feelings of emptiness, and impulsiveness.   

Avoidant Personality Disorder

People with a Cluster C personality disorder, known as avoidant personality disorder, may be shy and avoid people because they fear rejection. They may also feel inadequate. Symptoms may include:

  • Being easily hurt when receiving criticism
  • Holding back in intimate relationships
  • Avoiding activities and jobs that involve contact with others
  • Holding a view that they are not good socially
  • Being shy in social situations out of fear they will do something wrong

Diagnosing Personality Disorders

Only mental health care providers can diagnose personality disorders. They will examine a person’s experiences, family medical history, and symptoms to determine whether they have one of these disorders and create a proper treatment plan that best serves the person’s needs. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I cope with my personality disorder?

Therapy is the best way to cope with a personality disorder as it can allow you to be able to talk with someone and receive the proper treatment for your specific personality disorder. 

What is the best medication for a personality disorder?

Medical professionals may prescribe medications to treat specific symptoms related to your particular personality disorder. For example, if depression is one of the symptoms you have associated with your disorder, you may be prescribed an antidepressant or mood stabilizer. 

Get Help for Personality Disorder Treatment at SUN Behavioral Delaware Today!

SUN Behavioral Health Delaware solves unmet needs in Georgetown, DE. Our crisis care has 24/7 admission, so you can get the help you need when a crisis arises. For more information, please feel free to call us at 302-604-5600.


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