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The diagnosis of a personality disorder does not dictate your future, and finding proper treatment can result in a healthier life. In 2020, 3,599 people in Kentucky were diagnosed with a personality disorder. At SUN Behavioral Health Kentucky, we solve unmet needs by providing people with personality disorder treatment. We also offer no-cost care assessments that allow you to meet with a representative as they create the best care plan for your unique needs. 

What We Treat: Personality Disorders

A personality disorder involves patterns of thoughts and behaviors over a long period that might be considered different from what culture expects. This results in people who manage a personality disorder experiencing behaviors and thoughts that are inflexible and unhealthy. These behaviors may result in concerns with relationships and work. They are also difficult for the person regarding their everyday life. 

How We Treat Personality Disorders at SUN Behavioral Health Kentucky

Treatment for personality disorders often involves talk therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This therapy helps change thoughts and behaviors from unhealthy to healthy. At SUN Behavioral Health Kentucky, our mental health services offer both inpatient and outpatient services. 

Inpatient at SUN Behavioral Health Kentucky

Our inpatient services are for children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric, and the stay is typically 7-14 days. 

Outpatient at SUN Behavioral Health Kentucky

Our outpatient services include partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP). Our groups have three different focus topics: mental health, dual diagnosis, and specialty trauma. Our PHP program is from 9 to 2:30 Monday through Friday and includes art and recreational therapy three days a week. 

Our IOP is from 9 to 12 Monday through Friday for adults and 9 to 2:30 Monday through Friday for teens. We also offer an evening IOP group for adults from 5:30 to 8:30, three days a week for those working during the day.

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Personality Disorders: Causes

The most likely cause of a personality disorder is the combination of genetics and childhood environmental influences. These environmental influences may include abuse, hardships, or abandonment.

Personality Disorders: Who Do They Affect?

Personality disorders significantly affect the lives of those who have them, as they interfere with their daily and social lives. However, they can also significantly impact the lives of loved ones and make it difficult to continue relationships. 

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Personality Disorders: Types and Symptoms

There are several types of personality disorders. Groups, known as clusters, categorize these types of disorders. These clusters are named Cluster A, Cluster B, and Cluster C. People with Cluster A personality disorders might have unusual or odd behaviors or thoughts. Those with Cluster B personality disorders may have thoughts and behaviors that seem dramatic or emotional. Meanwhile, people with a personality disorder that includes behaviors and thoughts seen as anxious and fearful may have a personality disorder within Cluster C.

Schizoid Personality Disorder

People with schizoid personality disorder may have an indifference to others and participate in social isolation. This type of personality disorder is considered a Cluster A. They may have symptoms that include appearing distant and detached, not wanting close relationships, and avoiding social activities. 


Antisocial Personality Disorder

Antisocial personality disorder, a Cluster B personality disorder, occurs when the person has a pattern of manipulating or exploiting others without remorse. They may have concerns regarding their relationships and work, and symptoms may include acting charming, manipulating people’s emotions, not showing remorse, and disregarding the safety of themselves and others. 

Borderline Personality Disorder

People with borderline personality disorder have more difficulties with managing their emotions, often resulting in impulsive and uncertain thoughts and behaviors. This Cluster B personality disorder may result in chaotic relationships with other people. Symptoms include a lack of confidence in their interests and values, which may change rapidly. People with this disorder may view things in extremes. For example, everything is either all good or all bad. Other symptoms people may experience are a fear of abandonment, feelings of emptiness, and impulsiveness. 

Avoidant Personality Disorder

People with a Cluster C personality disorder, such as avoidant personality disorder, may be shy and avoid people because they fear rejection. They may also feel inadequate. Symptoms of avoidant personality disorder may include:

  • Being easily hurt when receiving criticism
  • Holding back in intimate relationships
  • Avoiding activities and jobs that involve contact with others
  • Holding a view that they are not good socially
  • Being shy in social situations out of fear they will do something wrong

Diagnosing Personality Disorders

Only mental health care providers can diagnose personality disorders. They examine a person’s experiences, family medical history, and symptoms to determine whether they have one of these disorders. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I cope with my personality disorder?

Therapy is the best way to cope with a personality disorder as it can allow you to be able to talk with someone and receive the proper treatment for your specific personality disorder. 

What is the best medication for a personality disorder?

Medical professionals may prescribe medications to treat specific symptoms related to your particular personality disorder. For example, if depression is one of the symptoms you have associated with your disorder, you may be prescribed an antidepressant or mood stabilizer. 

Kentucky Personality Disorder Treatment

SUN Behavioral Health Kentucky solves unmet needs in Erlanger, KY. Our crisis care has 24/7 admission, so you can get the help you need when a crisis arises. For more information, please feel free to call us at 859-429-5188.


SUN Behavioral Kentucky

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