Psychopharmacology of Personality Disorders

Kenneth R. Silk and Louis Feurino

in The Oxford Handbook of Personality Disorders

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199735013
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Psychopharmacology of Personality Disorders

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The purpose of this chapter is to review the literature concerning the psychopharmacology of personality disorders. We first review the double-blind placebo-controlled pharmacologic studies of all the personality disorders, except for borderline personality disorder (BPD). Attention is then focused on BPD. While there have been many open-labeled studies, there are fewer than 30 randomized-controlled trials even for this personality disorder. The section on borderline personality disorder will conclude with guidance as to how to think about the management of the actual pharmacologic treatment of this disorder, including matters such as dosage, lethality, augmentation, and avoiding polypharmacy. We conclude with a discussion of the obstacles hampering the development of a more substantial database that could provide guidance and direction.

Keywords: psychopharmacology; pharmacotherapy; polypharmacy; treatment; medication; personality disorders; borderline

Article.  10260 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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