Personality Disorders

Re-evaluation of Fear Processing in Psychopathy: New Evidence and Application to Other Psychiatric Disorders

Re-evaluation of Fear Processing in Psychopathy: New Evidence and Application to Other Psychiatric Disorders

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This is the first meta-analysis to examine subjective emotion experience in psychopathy.

Do Personality Disorders Increase Obesity Risk?

Do Personality Disorders Increase Obesity Risk?

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Assessment of comorbid personality disorder could be key to successful weight loss strategies.

Therapists' Fear of Borderline Personality Disorder Persists

Therapists' Fear of Borderline Personality Disorder Persists

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Many clinicians are apprehensive about the risk associated with symptoms of BPD, such as self-harm and suicidal behavior.

Bullied Preemies At Greater Risk for Mental Illness as Adults

Bullied Preemies At Greater Risk for Mental Illness as Adults

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Preemies may possess elevated levels of characteristics that put them at risk for peer victimization, including more anxiety and depression.

Women, Chronic Psychiatric Patients Seek Out Assisted Suicide the Most

Women, Chronic Psychiatric Patients Seek Out Assisted Suicide the Most

Patients are usually women; most have chronic, severe conditions with histories of suicide.

Internet-Based CBT Best for Body Dysmorphia

Internet-Based CBT Best for Body Dysmorphia

Superior to online supportive therapy for symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder.

Psychiatric Disorders Have Increased in Declining Smoker Population

Psychiatric Disorders Have Increased in Declining Smoker Population

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Nicotine-dependent smokers who began smoking in the 1980s were more likely than older smokers to have a psychiatric condition, such as bipolar disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or ADHD.

Psychotherapy Impacts Neural Circuits in Personality Disorder

Psychotherapy Impacts Neural Circuits in Personality Disorder

Transference-focused psychotherapy is associated with alterations in frontolimbic circuitry in borderline personality disorder.

Effective Therapies for Trichotillomania

Effective Therapies for Trichotillomania

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Researchers found significant improvements in hair-pulling symptoms with both "decoupling" and progressive muscle relaxation.

OCD Patients Who Fail on Meds Helped By Exposure Therapy

OCD Patients Who Fail on Meds Helped By Exposure Therapy

By the end of the exposure and response prevention therapy treatment, more than half of the patients with OCD were considered excellent responders.

A Primer on Intermittent Explosive Disorder

A Primer on Intermittent Explosive Disorder

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IED has comorbidities, including mood disorders, lifetime prevalence of anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and substance abuse.

Bad Spiritual Beliefs Can Negatively Impact Mental Health

Bad Spiritual Beliefs Can Negatively Impact Mental Health

Those in the negative spirituality group reported significantly worse pain as well as worse physical and mental health.

Bisexual Women Have High Rates of Eating Disorders

Bisexual Women Have High Rates of Eating Disorders

Homosexual and bisexual men had higher rates of eating disorders than straight men.

Borderline Personality Disorder Linked to Lowered Empathy

Borderline Personality Disorder Linked to Lowered Empathy

Functional MRI scans show those who have borderline personality disorder traits have less activity in areas of the brain involved in empathy.

Mental Health 'Labels' Can Negatively Impact Treatment of Patients

Mental Health 'Labels' Can Negatively Impact Treatment of Patients

In an experiment, researchers found that clinicians assumed behaviors that were not present in diagnosing a patient.

Ending 'Victim' Narrative Could Thwart Extremist Group Recruitment

Ending 'Victim' Narrative Could Thwart Extremist Group Recruitment

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Extremist organizations attract vulnerable members by emphasizing victimization and sense of identity.

Morbidity of Borderline Personality Disorder Underestimated

Morbidity of Borderline Personality Disorder Underestimated

Morbidity and suicidality associated with borderline personality disorder rivals that of bipolar disorder, yet former is not as well researched.

Almost 10% of Americans With Anger Issues Have Guns

Almost 10% of Americans With Anger Issues Have Guns

Quick-to-anger gun owners also have elevated risk of personality disorders, alcohol abuse, anxiety and PTSD, the researchers said.

Stigmatizing Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder

Stigmatizing Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder

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Many clinicians believe that BPD patients are often treatment resistant and overly demanding.

Boredom, Frustration Can Lead to Repetitive, Body-Focused Behaviors

Boredom, Frustration Can Lead to Repetitive, Body-Focused Behaviors

Boredom, frustration and impatience can promote skin-picking, nail-biting and hair-pulling in some people.

Comorbid OCD Common in Bipolar Disorder Patients

Comorbid OCD Common in Bipolar Disorder Patients

Study found 7.6% of bipolar disorder type I patients also met DSM criteria for OCD, while an additional 4% had subclinical OCD.

ADHD Drug Shows Promise For Binge-Eating Disorder

ADHD Drug Shows Promise For Binge-Eating Disorder

In higher doses, Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) helped to curb binge eating.

Selfies Linked to Narcissism, Psychopathy

Selfies Linked to Narcissism, Psychopathy

Men who post a lot of selfies on social media more likely to be narcissistic and have psychopathic personality traits.

Personality Disorders Often Seen in People With Gambling Addiction

Personality Disorders Often Seen in People With Gambling Addiction

Social isolation, problematic relationships with peers, and low self-esteem common in people with both gambling problems and personality disorders.

Hoarding Disorder Diagnosis and Treatment

Hoarding Disorder Diagnosis and Treatment

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Hoarding disorder, which impacts up to 5% of the population, can be treated with a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy and antidepressants.

No Link Between OCD Severity and Adverse Childhood Events

No Link Between OCD Severity and Adverse Childhood Events

People who had adverse childhood experiences did not have worse OCD symptoms than those without such experiences.

Variants in Two Genes May Play Role in Violent Behaviors

Variants in Two Genes May Play Role in Violent Behaviors

Finnish prisoners who were repeat offenders for violent crime shared a certain genotype in two genes.

Understanding Personality Disorders From a Cognitive-Behavioral Framework

Understanding Personality Disorders From a Cognitive-Behavioral Framework

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Clinicians need to learn how to manage negative reactions and dysfunctional behavior in patients with personality disorders.

Deep-TMS Reduces Negative Symptoms in Schizophrenia

Deep-TMS Reduces Negative Symptoms in Schizophrenia

Deep-transcranial magnetic stimulation may be an effective, noninvasive therapy to treat cognitive deficits in schizophrenia patients.

A Nation of Narcessists?

A Nation of Narcessists?

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