Psychiatric distress in antisocial drug abusers: relation to other personality disorders

Edward Rousar, Robert K. Brooner, Michael W. Regier, George E. Bigelow

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Abstract

Antisocial drug abusers with other personality diagnoses have been found to differ from those with the antisocial diagnosis only on a measure of normal personality dimensions, the former group reporting greater proneness to emotional distress and instability. The present study examined the relationship between personality comorbidity among antisocial drug abusers and a standardized measure of current psychiatric distress level. Patients included 167 opioid drug abusers admitted to a community outpatient drug abuse treatment program. The results indicated that the presence of additional personality diagnoses among antisocial drug abusers was associated with high levels of distress compared with those with the antisocial diagnosis only and with those with no personality diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-154
Number of pages6
JournalDrug and alcohol dependence
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1994

Keywords

  • Antisocial
  • Drug abuse
  • Personality disorder
  • Psychiatric distress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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