Break The Stigma - Personality Disorders
Myths and Truths
Only medication can help with Personality Disorders.
Often medication may not be required when actively and regularly participating in therapy/treatments.
People with Personality Disorders are unpredictable and violent.
It isn’t the movies, and this is unlikely. Most people with mental health problems are likely to have been victims of violence and not be the ones to carry this behavior out.
If you have met one person with a Personality Disorder, you have experienced all personality disorders.
“Moulds are for Jelly, not People”. No two people are the same and although a diagnosis may be the same, two people’s traits could be opposites.
A diagnosis is exactly just that- it doesn’t define a person; they don’t become a different version of themselves just because they have a diagnosis.
Letting a person be who they are and not allowing their diagnosis to control them is so important for awareness and acceptance.
Know your patterns. Know what you like and do not like to help you cope, everyone is different so try different coping methods to find what works for you. Understand that coping is a process and it might not happen straight away.
Have a plan, write a CRISIS plan so should you get into a Crisis your plan is available for the help you wish to receive.
Talk to someone. It might be friends and family, a colleague, therapist, whoever you feel comfortable in trusting. This will help them understand what you are going through and how to help should you need it.
‘Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.’ – Dr Seuss.
HOW TO HELP
Do you know someone with a Personality disorder and want to help?
Learn about PD’s. Visit sites like Keep Your Head, Mind, Rethink Mental Illness to find out more information about personality disorders. Help yourself by understanding them better.
Ask how you can help. Everyone is different and might not even want help so ask first and let them let you in.
Give information – should you come across information you can offer it to help those who it may be suitable for but accept if they do not want it.