Personality disorder

Help with a personality disorder

Everybody has an unique set of personality traits that have a large influence on how you act, think and feel.

A personality disorder is a general term for rigid personality traits. If you have a personality disorder, you cannot sufficiently adapt your behaviour to changing circumstances. You often have strongly opinionated thoughts and perceptions, as a result of which you have a distorted way of looking at yourself and your environment. Perceiving or expressing emotions is difficult for you, and your own emotions may suddenly change or be very intense.

A personality disorder is a general term for rigid personality traits. If you have a personality disorder, you cannot sufficiently adapt your behaviour to changing circumstances. You often have strongly opinionated thoughts and perceptions, as a result of which you have a distorted way of looking at yourself and your environment. Perceiving or expressing emotions is difficult for you, and your own emotions may suddenly change or be very intense.

Personality disorder symptoms

Different people experience personality disorders in different ways

Symptoms

A personality disorder is often at the heart of other complaints, such as depression, anxiety, or addiction and may sustain certain symptoms. The clients U-center treats often have personality problems, such as repetitive patterns of thinking, feeling or acting that create problems in their lives.

If you are suffering from a personality disorder, you will probably have certain patterns of behaviour for many years already, which originate from your childhood. These behavioural patterns cause recurring problems in your life or at work. They involve persistent thoughts and behaviour that you find very difficult to change - they have become part of your character.

How do we treat personality disorders?

At U-center we place a lot of attention on personality disorders during treatment due to the impact they have on other complaints and indeed someone’s whole life. Schema therapy helps clients to become more conscious of their behavioural patterns (schemas), how those patterns developed (history) and the situations that trigger them. The therapy is given in individual sessions. All U-center’s staff (including psychologists, psychiatrists, doctors and nurses) are trained in the theory of schema therapy.

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Integrated and personalized approach

We all have our own unique personality, and how it develops depends on many different factors. That is why at U-center, we take an integrated approach to the treatment of personality disorders. We take into account everything that has had a significant influence on your life, such as other conditions like addiction or depression. We also look at your personality, relationships, family situation, work and health, all of which can play a role. Together with your treatment team, you learn to change your behavioural patterns, as we investigate which factors influence your personality in order to bring about real and lasting change.

 

Intensive programme

In an intensive programme of 7 weeks, we do everything to help you, so you can quickly make progress. At the same time, we expect a serious commitment from your side. During the first seven weeks you will follow residential treatment at our rehab and treatment centre near Maastricht in Belgium. U-center’s welcoming environment and its numerous facilities ensure that you have all the options needed to work on yourself. During the second seven week period, you will put the new insights and knowledge you have gained into practice under the guidance of your outpatient therapist.

The future

Living with a personality disorder

Our treatment for personality disorders primarily focuses on gaining an insight into certain patterns and behaviour. Of course who you are and what you have been thinking and doing for many years does not change overnight. Often, it is rather a matter of looking at how you can express certain personal characteristics in the best possible way - where do your pitfalls lie and how can you respond to them in time to prevent problems? We pay a lot of attention to this as you develop a Personal Development Plan.

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Loved ones

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Living with a partner or relative with psychological problems or addiction is not easy. As a close relative you often also have many questions and concerns or you have become overburdened. U-center offers help and information for partners and family members who want to know how to best deal with their loved ones without forgetting themselves.

Information for loved ones

Our approach

A new perspective in 7 weeks

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