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Personality Disorder

Personality disorders, formerly referred to as character disorders, are a class of personality types and behaviors that the American Psychiatric Association (APA) defines as “an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the culture of the individual who exhibits it”. Personality disorders are noted on Axis II of the DSM-IV-TR (fourth edition, text revision).

These behavioral patterns in personality disorders are typically associated with severe disturbances in the behavioral tendencies of an individual, usually involving several areas of the personality, and are nearly always associated with considerable personal and social disruption. Additionally, personality disorders are inflexible and pervasive across many situations, due in large part to the fact that such behavior perceived to be appropriate by that individual.

The onset of these patterns of behavior can typically be traced back to late adolescence and the beginning of adulthood and, in rarer instances, childhood. It is therefore unlikely that a diagnosis of personality disorder will be appropriate before the age of 16 or 17 years.

Here at Logan River Academy we are well equipped to deal with symptoms of personality disorders such as Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Avoidant Personality Disorder, etc. Logan River Academy has a well equipped team of professional therapists with years of experience in working with adolescents with these symptoms. Logan River Academy uses a holistic approach in dealing with personality disorders by using the milieu, the academic environment, and also the therapy component to best help these students.

Adolescents with symptoms of personality disorders tend to push limits and wear on the people around them. They tend to be self-serving at times and tend to lack the desire or insight to change. Through extensive therapy and staff involvement, these adolescents are able to see a need to change and begin to make those changes in a safe, consistent, predictable environment.

We uses therapeutic inventions such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to address symptoms of personality disorders.

Adolescents with symptoms of personality disorders have often had a dramatic and traumatic effect on their families. Thus, we do weekly family therapy sessions to help restore proper family structure and to help heal prior wounds that affect each member of the family. We help our students learn to become accountable, insightful, and aware of how their behavior and choices have affected their family.

At the root of many personality disorders are genetic and environmental factors. There is usually an explanation as to why adolescents have developed these traits. In our therapy sessions, we exam this very closely with our students and families in order to help our students understand why they are the way they are. After this process, we work with our students on finding more functional and healthy ways to get their needs met. We find our multifaceted approach has helped many adolescents with symptoms of personality disorders to change and improve their lives.