Mood and personality disorders are serious mental disorders marked by a pattern of ongoing instability in moods, behavior, self-image, and functioning. These experiences often result in impulsive actions and unstable relationships. A person with a mood or personality disorder may experience intense episodes of anger, depression, and anxiety that may last from only a few hours to days.
Some people with these disorders also have high rates of co-occurring mental disorders, such as anxiety and eating disorders, along with substance abuse, self-harm, and suicidal thinking and actions.
Help is available: contact us if you think you or a loved one suffers from a mood or personality disorder. Outpatient treatment is recommended if your disorder is moderate, or if you've recently completed a residential program and would like additional help as you transition back to regular life.
Outpatient care usually provides the same intensity of care as an inpatient program, but you can return home after your therapy sessions so you don't have to put your work and personal life on hold while seeking treatment. It is ideal if you can't step away from your daily responsibilities, or if the cost of treatment is an issue, as outpatient therapy is more affordable than inpatient treatment.
"When I arrived home after drinking with my buddies, my wife was sitting at the kitchen table with a suitcase beside her. She asked me to sit down and told me that it was over. I didn't blame her, but felt ashamed of myself.
I walked straight to the phone, called the Counseling Center and my recovery began. The counselors helped me a lot."