This paper addresses psychological issues related to personality disorders and its impact on family members. One major concern is to address how a family should cope with a member suffering from personality disorders. To clearly address the issue it is important to clearly understand the meaning of personality disorders. A personality disorder is defined as patterns of reacting, perceiving and relating to family members, friends, people at work place and has impact on social life (Beck, T. 2004).
The characteristic behavior of an individual suffering from personality disorder is dramatic or inhibited with negative consequences to people who interact with such a person. The impact posed to family members by a member with personality disorder either a child, spouse or siblings is adverse. Family members are exposed to daily fears as they are never aware of what to expect from volatile behaviors of the suffering. A Family member with personality disorders needs a lot of care and concern and this call for full attention by parents and related parties.
People with personality disorders are heavy users of mental health services which are costly. In addition, it is time consuming and requires a lot of sacrifices to a level of resigning from job to spend time with the suffering. Once the breadwinner resigns from job, it becomes hard for the rest of family members to access basic needs which is a challenge. Coping or living with people suffering from personality disorders is a difficult task that requires making of sacrifices.
Families are exposed to fearful episodes ranging from suicide attempts, anger or self mutilation. The most important aspect of dealing with family members suffering from personality disorders is to first accept that the person has the illness and avoid holding their behavior against the mental condition. Second, recognize the symptoms of personality disorders and be friendly to the sufferer. Third, support the family member without compromising personal needs for the well-being of the suffering individual.
Fourth, take breaks from the living situation as it is very exhaustive and participate fully in therapy. Christian response to psychotherapy Psychotherapy is a reflection of counseling which involves a process of treating mental or psychological disorders by engaging the sufferer to a talk about the condition. It is usually conducted by a trained individual in matters relating to mental health. Psychotherapy is very important as it makes an individual develop skills for coping with stress, mood, behavior, feeling and thoughts.
Christians have their say in psychotherapy and in many churches it is one of the most recognized means of solving family issues and individual problems relating to mental disorders. Christians are faced with problems in the event of engaging in day- to- day life which results to stress. Experts in Biblical matters provide solutions to problems individuals suffer in their daily life inform of counseling. This is a clear indication that Christianity is in full support of psychotherapy.
In the event a Christian wants to seek for counseling he or she has to look for certain characteristic features to measure the standard of psychotherapy services provided by the therapist (Birtchnell, J. 1999). First, a good therapist should have traits such as honesty, genuiness or sincerity for the purpose of helping to heal certain mental problems. Second, the Christian should look for a therapist who knows his or her personal limits when dealing with mental problems.
Therapists specialize in certain issues and it is important for a Christian to seek counseling from a qualified therapist. Third, a good therapist suitable for Christian counseling should be trustworthy. Psychotherapy is a private and personal relationship which leads to disclosure of private matters in ones life. A good therapist should never discuss matters affecting the victim with other parties. References Beck, T. (2004). Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders, Guilford Press. Birtchnell, J. (1999). Relating in Psychotherapy: The Application of a New Theory, Praeger.