The Personality Disorders and Drug Treatment
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Personality Disorders are categorized by Clusters and include Cluster A, Cluster B, and Cluster C. Imagine that you are a psychology professional with a client who is diagnosed with the Cluster B Personality Disorder: Borderline Personality Disorder. What treatment plan would you recommend for your client including your pharmacotherapy approach? How would you treat your client with Borderline Personality Disorder if he/she were also diagnosed with Depression?
Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment (Pharmacology)
According to the Counselling Directory (2015), "Personality disorder is not an illness or condition you are born with, but is about how a person develops while growing up. Often, a personality 'trait' which may have evolved as a coping mechanism for some early difficulty now causes repeated problems in life - particularly within relationships. These issues can be with family and friends, work and health professionals and frequently with all of them." Once diagnosed by a psychiatrist or qualified psychologist, a treatment plan can be developed to help the individual recover from, cope or manage his or her disorder. According to the DSM IV, there are 10 main disorders (see below) that fall into 3 behavior types called 'Clusters' as follows:
1. Cluster A - disorders in which odd or eccentric behaviour is central, i.e.schizotypal, schizoid and paranoid personality disorders.
2. Cluster B - this is characterized by dramatic and erratic emotional responses, i.e. Borderline, antisocial, histrionic and narcissistic personality disorders.
3. Cluster C - ...
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