Medical News and Perspectives
September 20, 2006

Personality Disorder a Possibility in “Problem” Patients, Specialists Say

JAMA. 2006;296(11):1341-1342. doi:10.1001/jama.296.11.1341

Toronto—Some patients call frequently with “emergencies” that turn out to be minor. Some ignore medical advice or fail to fill prescriptions. Some come in with suspicious bruises, yet deny being in an abusive relationship. Some badger or insult the staff.

Such “difficult to treat” or “problem” patients may have personality disorders that complicate their care, according to specialists at a symposium on advances in personality disorders at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) here in May.

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