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Personality disorders 

Personality disorders
Personality disorders

Edwin Harari

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date: 16 December 2018

This essay summarizes how the concept of personality disorder developed in psychiatry, mentioning some contributors of key ideas about causation, classification, and treatments. Contrary to the aphorism, patients diagnosed with personality disorders do suffer, as do their intimates, colleagues, and clinicians. Whatever their ontological status, personality factors influence a psychiatric patient’s cooperation with treatment, relationships with clinicians, ‘treatment resistance’, and propensity to suicide.

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