Personality disorders refer to a wide range of pervasive and persistent mental health disorders that can have a global negative effect on a person’s life. Certain personality disorders, such as borderline personality disorder, can result in emotional instability and troubled relationships while other personality disorders, such as schizotypal personality disorder, can result in hallucinations, delusions, and other schizophrenia-like symptoms. Regardless of the personality disorder with which a person is diagnosed, these disorders can powerfully impede an individual’s ability to live a full and fulfilling life.
Fortunately, you or your loved one need not suffer alone. At Covington Behavioral Health Hospital, located in Salt Lake City, individuals can receive expert care delivered by a team of compassionate and experienced professionals. With the help of our center’s dedicated treatment team, it is possible to learn to manage the symptoms of personality disorders and live a healthier, happier life.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Walking alongside a loved one who is struggling with a personality disorder can be an incredibly difficult experience. Your emotions have no doubt run the gamut from sad to scared to angry and everything in between. One emotion you do not have to feel, however, is helplessness. Consider the following ways you may be of assistance to your loved one:
- Learn about your loved one’s personality disorder. Each personality disorder has its own distinct set of signs, symptoms, and effects, so learning about your loved one’s personality disorder can help you not only understand his or her behavior better, but can also help you empathize with his or her struggle.
- Explore options for treatment at a hospital or center specializing in personality disorders. Many people with personality disorders benefit from mental health treatment at a hospital or center, so another way to be of assistance to your loved one is by exploring treatment options. You might start by simply doing a web search or speaking with treatment professionals in your area. Once you have completed your search, make a short list of a few treatment centers that may be a good fit for your loved one.
- Discuss your observations with your loved one. Note that your goal in these conversations is not to force your loved one into treatment; rather, your objective should be to share your observations and concerns with your loved one in an open and nonjudgmental manner. Be patient with him or her, and give him or her time to process what you are saying. Also, remember that your loved one’s journey towards healing may occur at a different pace than what you may be hoping for.
- When your loved one decides to enter treatment at a hospital or center for personality disorders, help ease his or her transition into the treatment center. For example, one way to support your loved one both logistically and emotionally is to set up appointments with treatment center or hospital staff and then offer to accompany your loved one to those appointments. You can also consider helping with things like transportation, cooking meals, or arranging childcare.
- During your loved one’s time in treatment at his or her chosen hospital or center, be an active source of support. Check up on him or her regularly and participate in any family sessions that your treatment center offers.
- Take care of yourself. You will be of little help to your loved one if you are emotionally and physically exhausted, so take steps to maintain your own health. Eat healthy, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, and rally friends and family to your side. You might also consider seeking more formal sources of help, such as individual therapy or a support group. No matter how you choose to get support, it is important to know that now is not the time to go it alone.
Why Consider Treatment at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital
Personality disorders are unique in their persistent and destructive nature. Different personality disorders affect individuals in different ways, but virtually all personality disorders have the potential to severely disrupt an individual’s ability to function well. These disorders can interfere with a person’s vocational life, harm work performance, and can result in job loss, long-term unemployment, and severe financial trouble. Personality disorders can also cause strain in social and romantic relationships, possibly resulting in separation, divorce, loss of child custody, and social isolation. Depending on which personality disorder an individual has, he or she may also be at higher risk of injury due to accidents, sexually transmitted infections, and suicidal thoughts or behavior. However, despite these severe negative consequences proper treatment at a hospital or center can make it possible for individuals with personality disorders to learn to manage their symptoms and increase their quality of life.
Types of Treatment Offered at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital
Covington Behavioral Health Hospital is a 60-bed residential treatment center that provides personalized, comprehensive care for adult men and women, ages 18 and above, who have experienced acute changes in their emotional and mental wellbeing and are in need of psychiatric stabilization.
At Covington Behavioral Health Hospital, care for men and women who have been diagnosed with a personality disorder is provided by multidisciplinary teams of talented and dedicated professionals, including psychiatrists, medical psychologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, counselors, activity therapists, and mental health technicians. Among the members of our center’s staff who have specialized training are our full-time staff dietitian, social workers who are certified in gerontology, and physicians certified in forensic psychiatry and addictionology.
The care that our patients receive at our center incorporates a variety of treatment techniques and therapeutic modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). We place a premium on conducting thorough assessments on each patient at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital to ensure that we are able to develop individualized treatment plans that address each person’s specific strengths, needs, and treatment goals.
Each patient’s time at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital will be a unique experience based upon his or her specific strengths and needs. Depending upon those unique factors, a patient’s treatment at our center may include the following elements:
Medication management: Some individuals with personality disorders may benefit from having certain prescription medications incorporated into their treatment plans at our center. Covington patients who meet this description will have the opportunity to meet with our psychiatrist and nursing staff on a regular basis to receive medication management services.
Detoxification: Covington Behavioral Health Hospital is not a substance abuse treatment center; however, we do understand that prospective patients may have struggled with substance abuse in addition to their challenges with personality disorders. To best serve these individuals at our center, we provide detox services for individuals who been abusing alcohol, prescription painkillers, and certain other drugs. After they have rid their bodies of the substances that they have been abusing, detox patients will transfer directly into residential treatment to receive care for their mental health disorders.
Individual therapy: Patients in the inpatient program may meet with a member of our social service staff (LCSW, LMSW, LPC, or PLPC) or nursing staff (RN or LPN) for individual therapy as needed. Individual therapy allows patients to address issues that they may be hesitant to bring up during group sessions, provides them with one-on-one feedback and guidance from experienced professionals, and helps them to develop effective skills for managing the symptoms of personality disorders.
Group therapy: Group therapy sessions are fundamental elements of treatment at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital. Group therapy provides a structured yet dynamic environment in which participants can share their insights and experiences, learn from the contributions of fellow patients, and practice healthy interpersonal skills such as effective communication, empathy, and giving and receiving support. The following are among the groups that a patient who is being treated for a personality disorder may participate in during his or her time at Covington:
- Activity groups
- Creative therapy groups
- Dietary groups
- Process groups
- Psychoeducation groups
Group therapy sessions, which are typically offered at least five times during each treatment day at our center, are led by nurses, activity therapists, mental health technicians, and members of our social services staff.
Family therapy: At Covington Behavioral Health Hospital, we understand that an individual’s struggles with a personality disorder may impact his or her entire family. With family therapy, loved ones of Covington patients have the opportunity to address how they have been affected by the patient’s mental health problems, learn how to strengthen family bonds and improve intra-familial relationships, and develop the skills that will allow them to provide the best possible support as their loved one continues in recovery following the residential phase of his or her treatment. Family therapy sessions at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital are typically conducted by the patient’s case manager and may be scheduled on an as-needed basis or by request.
Discharge planning: We provide robust discharge planning services at our center to ensure that each patient and his or her family has a thorough plan that identifies the referrals, community-based services, and other support services that will put the patient in the best position to maintain and improve upon the progress that he or she made while in treatment for personality disorders with us.
At Covington Behavioral Health Hospital, our ultimate goal is to provide the focused, effective, and personalized care that can improve the quality of life for all who are entrusted into our care. For more information about our services, please do not hesitate to contact us at your convenience. We look forward to answering all of your questions and helping you determine if Covington Behavioral Health Hospital is the perfect place for you or your loved one.