Personality Disorder Therapy Ottawa

Personality disorders are long-standing, rigid psychological patterns that are typically identifiable by adolescence or early adulthood. They influence how people react emotionally and behaviorally to others and to life events. They also influence how people view and feel about themselves. They can be mild, moderate, or severe.

Personality disorders can be grouped into three different clusters:

The ‘odd or eccentric’ disorders:

  • Paranoid Personality Disorder, irrational suspicions and mistrust of others
  • Schizoid Personality Disorder, a lack of desire or interest in social relationships
  • Schizotypal Personality Disorder, odd behavior or thinking

The ‘dramatic, emotional or erratic’ disorders:

  • Antisocial Personality Disorder, a pervasive disregard for the rights of others, lack of empathy, and possibly criminal behavior
  • Borderline Personality Disorder, instability in relationships, identity, emotional reactions, often leading to self-harm and suicidal threats or gestures
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder, pervasive attention-seeking behavior, including seductive behaviors and shallow or exaggerated emotions
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder, a pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and lack of empathy for others

The ‘anxious and fearful’ disorders:

  • Avoidant Personality Disorder, pervasive feelings of social inhibition and extreme sensitivity to negative feedback from others
  • Dependent Personality Disorder, pervasive psychological dependence on other people
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder, rigid conformity to rules, moral codes, and orderliness

Some people believe that people with personality disorders cannot get better. Psychologists know that this is not true. At Gilmour Psychological Services® we offer psychotherapy treatments that can help people with these disorders become more adaptable so that they can achieve a higher quality of life.
Contact Gilmour Psychological Services® in Ottawa to schedule a consultation with a psychologist who has an expertise in personality disorder therapy .