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Five Personality Disorders Linked With Anxiety

Dealing with one mental health problem is challenge enough, but for many people, two or more mental health issues often occur together. The coexistence of mental health issues poses complex issues surrounding treatment, not to mention a heightened risk for some very serious outcomes, such as dangerous behavior or suicide.

Our experienced team at Southlake Counseling, led by Kimberly Krueger, MSW, LCSW, understands the problems that arise when two or mental health issues converge, and we know how important it is to treat both.

In the following, we explore the connection between five personality disorders and anxiety and how we can go about treating both issues.

By the numbers

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem in the United States — 40 million adults report anxiety in any given year, which represents a little more than 18% of the overall population. 

The five most prevalent types of anxiety disorders include:

The prevalence of personality disorders in adults in the US is less — about 10.5% — and the five most commonly associated with anxiety include:

To give you a clearer picture of the link between the two, studies show that the prevalence of personality disorders in those who are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder are significant:

Overall, 39% of those who have anxiety disorders also have avoidant, dependent, or obsessive-compulsive personality disorders. This number goes up when it comes to borderline personality disorder — 85% of those diagnosed with this illness also have anxiety.

Treating anxiety and a personality disorder together

The first thing to understand about addressing co-occuring mental health issues is that no two people are alike, so there’s no universal treatment protocol.

The first step is to have our team fully evaluate the issues so that we have a better understanding of how each impacts your mental wellness. Once we have a full assessment, we tailor a treatment that addresses both your pressing needs and your long-term health. 

Your treatment plan may include one or more of the following:

Rest assured, we work tirelessly with you or your loved one until both issues are under control.

If you or a loved one is struggling with both a personality disorder and anxiety, contact one of our two offices in Charlotte or Davidson, North Carolina, to set up a consultation.

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