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by Professor Patricia
Last updated: May 2012
Personality disorder is a common diagnosis, yet one that is
It is often associated with therapeutic nihilism and used as a
justification for avoiding hospital admission.
However, there is a substantial body of research pointing to the
inferior treatment response and poorer prognosis of mental state
disorders, such as depression or schizophrenia, associated with
co-occurring personality disorder.
It is thus crucially important that a diagnosis of personality
disorder is made with the greatest of caution, carrying, as it
does, major therapeutic implications.
This module will present information on the
prevalence of personality disorder in a variety of clinical
settings as well as in the general population. It will also detail
the common pitfalls of assessment and offer assistance in
Finally, the reader will be introduced to questionnaires and
interview schedules that are used in diagnosing personality
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