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Personality disorders 

Personality disorders
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Personality disorders
Author(s):

David Semple

and Roger Smyth

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198795551.003.0012
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date: 23 August 2019

This chapter covers personality disorders, using the framework of defining a ‘normal’ personality to classify different disorders. Psychopathy and severe personality disorder are defined, including assessment, diagnosis, and aetiology of these disorders. The relationship between personality disorders and other mental health conditions are discussed, and assessment is also described. Management is described, from general aspects to specific pharmacological treatments and psychotherapy.

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