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Personality Disorders 

Personality Disorders
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Personality Disorders
Author(s):

Kenneth L. Kirsh

and Steven D. Passik

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199988730.003.0009
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date: 04 June 2020

Personality disorders can be placed into 3 clusters: the odd or eccentric, the avoidant and paranoid, and the impulsive/self-centered. Patients with personality disorders who face the anxiety and discomfort associated with medical treatment can have difficulties with medical caregivers, distort reality for emotional protection, or exhibit outright aggression and self-destructiveness. This chapter defines personality disorders and outlines the screening, evaluation, interventions, and management of cancer patients with personality disorders who face the anxiety and discomfort associated with medical treatment.

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