Personality Disorder Specialist

Mindia Gabichvadze, PsyD -  - Psychologist

Mindia Gabichvadze, PsyD

Psychological Testing and Evaluation Therapist located in Beverly Hills

Clinical studies show that around 10% of American adults demonstrate symptoms of a personality disorder. If you have consistently troubled relationships with friends, co-workers, and family, and exhibit behaviors outside of social norms, contact Mindia Gabichvadze, PsyD, to schedule an appointment at his private practice in Beverly Hills, California. Call Dr. Mindia or make an appointment online today.

Personality Disorder Q & A

What is a personality disorder?

Personality is a concept of your total psychological structure and functioning. It’s how you perceive, react, and adapt to your environment and to other people.

A personality disorder is a mental health condition that causes long-lasting thought patterns and behaviors that are outside of societal norms. That’s not to say that eccentricity is a mental health problem, but if your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors disrupt your relationships and get in the way of achievement or fulfillment, you should talk to Dr. Mindia about your symptoms, life, and wellness for a diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.

There are 10 distinct personality disorders, which are grouped into three clusters.

Cluster A includes eccentric personality disorders:

  • Paranoid
  • Schizoid
  • Schizotypal

Cluster B includes dramatic personality disorders:

  • Antisocial
  • Borderline
  • Histrionic
  • Narcissistic

Cluster C includes anxious personality disorders:

  • Avoidant
  • Dependent
  • Obsessive-compulsive

Personality disorders can exist independently, although they’re often present with other mental health disorders such as anxiety or depression.

What are the symptoms of personality disorders?

Personality disorders disrupt your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, causing abnormal personality traits. Some of the most common personality disorder symptoms include:

  • Possessing an intense fear of abandonment
  • Experiencing wide mood swings lasting from a few hours to a few days
  • Feeling intense anger and frequently losing your temper
  • Becoming easily hurt when people criticize or disapprove of you
  • Holding back too much in intimate relationships
  • Reacting to criticism with rage, shame, or humiliation
  • Needing constant attention and admiration

You may be asking yourself, “Why do I feel this way”?

It’s difficult to determine what got you to that place as there often are multiple stimuli that affect your functioning. At times, you may become rigid and lose flexibility of certain behaviors that can compromise your judgment. Processing and understanding your whole self portrays a better picture of your affect and assists you in connecting all unknowns into one whole.

How are personality disorders treated?

Dr. Mindia begins with a psychological evaluation to learn more about you, your symptoms, and your life and wellness. If he diagnoses a personality disorder, he takes an integrative approach to your treatment that combines traditional psychological therapies with alternative treatment modalities and lifestyle modifications.

Dr. Mindia has helped individuals with personality disorders for more than a decade. He integrates transference-focused psychotherapy for personality disorders and uses evidence-based dynamic therapy, which has shown much success.

If you’re struggling with long-term patterns of thoughts and behaviors that are unhealthy and inflexible, and behaviors that cause serious problems with relationships and work, get started with Dr. Mindia today.

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