Personality Disorder and Social Work Practice

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Personality Disorder and Social WorkPracticeIntroductionIt estimated that 6.5 % of Australians adults have personality disorder. Personality is animportant part of human beings and determines how they behave alone or interact with otherhuman beings and the environment. Personality disorder refers to a mental health problem wherean individual personality causes distress either to themselves or other human beings (Beck,Davis, & Freeman, 2015).Personality disorder include the way an individual feels, thinks andbehaves that is different from expectations of culture and cause problems to one’s life and lastsfor a prolonged time. Social work practice has an important role in diagnosing and treatingpersonality disorders in the society. The following write-up reviews personality disorderliterature and its issues in mental health practice. This will involve discussing the importance ofunderstanding personality disorder for social work practice in mental health care and reviewingsix research articles on the topic.Importance of Social Work Practice in Personality DisorderPersonality disorder is an important area for social work practice in delivering mental healthwellbeing. Social work practice has a responsibility of maintaining and improving people’swellbeing. Personality disorder lead as a mental illness deteriorates a person’s wellbeing(Bateman, Gunderson, & Mulder, 2015).A person with personality disorder is vulnerable to selfsabotage, dangerous to others and contemplation of suicide. Patient with personality disorderssuffer from mood swings, have social isolation, have poor impulse control, have stormyrelationship, and are likely to abuse alcohol and drug substance (Lanier et al., 2013). The socialwork practice needs to understand the symptoms of personality disorders in order to diagnoseand offer treatment to parents. This will help and support a person, their family, and groups.Social work practice is then able to engage with an individual at different levels and solve aproblem. The social work practice also needs to understand personality disorder to control theenvironmental factors that are likely to affect an individual personality (Lampe, 2015).Personality disorder is influenced by an individual person’s environment and social work
practice can advocate for favorable policies to help disadvantaged persons’ in the community.Therefore, personality disorder is an important issue in social work practice and help socialworkers to assist and improve human wellbeing by identifying and addressing the mental illness.Literature reviewPersonality disorder has been widely researched in the past. Academicians have strived toexplore and explain personality disorder as a mental illness and how knowledge and improvedskills can enhance quality of care. There are different types of personality disorders that havebeen researched with an objective of improving patients’ wellbeing. The following sectioncontains literature review of personality’s disorders as a mental illness and it importance to socialwork practice.Van der Kolk (2017),defined personality disorder as a mental disorders that has enduringmaladaptive behavior and cognitive patterns that deviate from the accepted individual orcommunity culture. He stated that the patterns develop early and are inflexible causingsignificant disability or distress. Personality disorders cause social, personal, and occupationaldisruption from the normal human life. Cook et al., (2017) on the side defined personalitydisorder as an exaggeration or variation of an individual personality attributes. They stated thatpersonality disorders often display antisocial behaviors which can reduce diagnostic andtreatment effectiveness.Bailey & Barton ( 2014) study on narcissism and social work response analyzed and discussedthe relationship that exist in social work practice knowledge when handling a narcissismoriented patient. The study found that patients with narcissistic personalities have internal claimsthat are associated to self rational expectation. The study states that it is important for socialworkers to have great knowledge of narcissism dynamics. The study encourages social workersto critically reflect and develop deeper and social specific understanding of how personalitiesdiffer and how to handle different patients for greater practice effectiveness in delivering humanwellness. The study concluded that there is a challenge of social work practice has to understandnarcissism personalities when treating personality disorders mental disorders.According toFonagy, Luyten, & Allison (2015), personality disorders are frustrating to anindividual, family and care givers. They found that personality disorders are reflections of deep
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