Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services

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Psychopharmacology 

Pharmacotherapy in Personality Disorders

Robert H. Howland, MD

  • Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. 2007;45(6):15-19
  • Posted June 1, 2007

Abstract

Personality has often been conceptualized according to various psychological theories. More recent developments have included investigations of the genetics and neurobiology of personality traits and temperaments, the interactions between genes and environment in the expression of various behavioral traits and their role in the development of mental disorders, and the pharmacological treatment of personality disorders. In this article, I provide an overview of the rationale for and the role of pharmacotherapy in the treatment of personality disorders.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Howland is Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The author discloses that he has no significant financial interests in any product or class of products discussed directly or indirectly in this activity, including research support.

Address correspondence to Robert H. Howland, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, 3811 O’Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213; e-mail: HowlandRH@upmc.edu.

Abstract

Personality has often been conceptualized according to various psychological theories. More recent developments have included investigations of the genetics and neurobiology of personality traits and temperaments, the interactions between genes and environment in the expression of various behavioral traits and their role in the development of mental disorders, and the pharmacological treatment of personality disorders. In this article, I provide an overview of the rationale for and the role of pharmacotherapy in the treatment of personality disorders.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Howland is Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The author discloses that he has no significant financial interests in any product or class of products discussed directly or indirectly in this activity, including research support.

Address correspondence to Robert H. Howland, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, 3811 O’Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213; e-mail: HowlandRH@upmc.edu.

ABSTRACT

Personality has often been conceptualized according to various psychological theories. More recent developments have included investigations of the genetics and neurobiology of personality traits and temperaments, the interactions between genes and environment in the expression of various behavioral traits and their role in the development of mental disorders, and the pharmacological treatment of personality disorders. In this article, I provide an overview of the rationale for and the role of pharmacotherapy in the treatment of personality disorders.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Howland is Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The author discloses that he has no significant financial interests in any product or class of products discussed directly or indirectly in this activity, including research support.

Address correspondence to Robert H. Howland, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, 3811 O’Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213; e-mail: HowlandRH@upmc.edu.

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