Do we need pharmacological treatment in personality disorder?

José Carlos Peláez, Laura Reyes-Molón, Claire Teijeira-Levet


Personality disorders have become more important in clinical practice due to social and health consequences to the patients and the difficulties of approach found for therapists. The lack of homogeneity of the samples and effectiveness of treatments in research studies has generated controversy regarding their classification and therapeutic approach. A dimensional approach focused on personality traits may be the key to raising a successful therapeutic strategy. This strategy must include a psychotherapeutic and, in cases that require it, a pharmacological treatment, being both individualized and agreed with patients. In this article we will focus on the effectiveness of pharmacological treatments that more clinical evidence has supported them so far.


personality Disorders; treatment; psychopharmacology; psychological techniques; affective symptoms; impulsive behavior



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