What is the best way to go about finding a therapist?
February 4, 2013 6:30 AM Subscribe
I think I have a personality disorder (not an illness or condition) that few therapists ever deal with. How can I find a therapist up to the challenge of helping me with this?
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (15 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I believe that I probably have avoidant personality disorder as I match each and every component of the DSM criteria for it. I have done a bit of research and it appears most people with this disorder don't seek treatment and not many therapists really know how to treat it. (I have also read that therapy can have limited success because negative thoughts with this disorder are so pervasive, but no matter - willing to try anyway.)
How can I find a therapist who understands this disorder and can deal with it, or who has experience with it? I would also like a therapist who is equipped to diagnose it and evaluate my symptoms to ensure that's really all that's going on here. What I go through isn't simply social anxiety though and it seems it can't be approached like a case of anxiety. I think going to a doctor who knows how to deal with anxiety and not avoidant personality disorder would set me up for failure. I've been trying various searches online and I've found plenty of local therapists who deal with anxiety and depression, rarely ones who mention personality disorders and not a single one that mentions avoidant personality disorder (or anxiety + personality disorders, which might work).
tl;dr How do I find the right therapist for me? Thanks in advance.