Conditions we treat

Personality disorders

According to Beck, personality disorders are characterized by deeply ingrained, rigid and maladaptive cognitive, affective, and behavioral patterns.

These patterns, also called schemas, cause significant impairment in the psychological functioning. This means that a person with a personality disorder will tend to evoke the same self-defeating schemas across many situations and behave similarly in most of them, and that these patterns are inflexible, imperative, and resistant to change.

There are many types of personality disorders, and each of them adopts certain strategies to help them cope with people and situations, to the extent that the person might not even realize there is a disorder, because it is consistent with one’s fundamental personality and ways of thinking, and therefore acceptable to the self.