Addicted patients with personality disorders: Traits, schemas, and presenting problems


Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences


We evaluated the association of Structure Clinical Interview for the

DSM-IV Axis II (SCID-II) severity and personality traits, early maladaptive

schemas, and presenting symptoms in 41 methadone-maintained

patients meeting criteria for either antisocial, borderline, avoidant, or

depressive personality disorder. Correlational analyses indicated that

the severity of each personality disorder was associated with a unique

profile of presenting problems and underlying traits and schemas. The

evaluation of multiple psychological indicators appears to be a useful

method for case conceptualization and planning interventions within a

promising individual therapy model that focuses both on substance

abuse and psychiatric symptoms and maladaptive schemas and coping


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