Personality disorder in substance misusing populations

First published: 10 May 2019 | Last updated: 20 May 2019

Many clinicians consider patients with personality disorder and substance misuse to be particularly complex. Diagnostic uncertainty and a lack of widely available, effective treatments contribute to therapeutic pessimism.

The diagnosis of personality disorder in patients with active substance misuse is undoubtedly challenging however the presenter will argue that successful identification is important and should significantly influence treatment planning.

The session will outline the diagnostic challenges and possible solutions before reviewing the epidemiology in both substance misuse and general mental health populations. The session will conclude with a discussion of the evidence base supporting treatment.


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Professor Owen Bowden-Jones