The Personality Disorder Service offers specialized therapy for adults 16 and older who have difficulty managing intense and overwhelming emotions that often result in problematic patterns of thoughts and behaviours that are long-standing, hard to change and impact many aspects of their lives, including relationships, school, and work. Their problems frequently include some or all of the following: intense and unstable interpersonal relationships often due to a combination of a longing for deep human connection and fear of intimacy, volatile mood swings, self-destructive and self-sabotaging behaviours, suicidal ideation, inability to modulate anger, unstable sense of self, struggles with substance abuse and eating disorders, and a range of other psychological and behavioural difficulties.
Individuals who have recently experienced or are currently experiencing ongoing psychosis would not be suitable for this program, but occasionally severe traumatogenic dissociative symptoms are mistaken for psychosis, and assessments for individuals suspected of possibly living with dissociative disorders, including Dissociative Identity Disorder, are a service regularly offered by this program.
This Program also offers specialized psychiatric assessments for those with suspected or confirmed personality disorders. Assessment referrals may be focused on diagnosis, behavioural, therapeutic, and medication management, and/or questions regarding appropriate treatment.