Ice cold, hard and emotionless. Such is the psychopath – we think. Until we get a glimpse behind the mask. Researchers have for decades been almost unanimous in their accord with the popular perception that psychopaths are made in a certain way, and will forever remain that way.
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Images of prisoners’ brains show important differences between those who are diagnosed as psychopaths and those who aren’t, according to a new study led by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers. The results could help explain the callous and impulsive anti-social behavior exhibited by some psychopaths.
A new study by Geisinger Health System researchers finds a high prevalence of prescription pain medication addiction among patients with chronic pain. In addition, researchers found that the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) new definition of addiction, which was expected to reduce the number of people considered addicts who take these medicines, actually resulted in the […]
A group of researchers of the University of Amsterdam published a new study on the impact of psychotherapy for personality disorders in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. While psychopharmacological studies are common in patients with cluster A personality disorders (schizoid, paranoid, schizotypal), the effects of psychotherapy have received little attention.
In the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics data are presented that indicate that treatment of personality disorders may be successful, but requires different levels of care. The research suggests that specialized inpatient psychotherapeutic treatment deserves to be considered as a valuable treatment option for patients with personality disorder pathology. Unfortunately, in many countries, inpatient […]
A new study published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics by a group of British investigators outlines the clinical characteristics of self-injury during treatment. Deliberate self-injury (DSI) is significantly associated with personality disorder (PD). However, there are gaps of DSI as an indicator of severity of psychopathology, as moderator of outcome, and with […]
A new study published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics by a group of Dutch investigators headed by Paul Emmelkamp indicates that personality disturbances can be treated. Type B personality disorders center on those with dramatic or erratic behavior and most commonly diagnosed as Histrionic (Hysterical) Personality disorder .
People diagnosed as psychopathic have difficulty showing empathy, just like patients who have suffered frontal head injury. This has been shown in a new study from the University of Haifa. “Our findings show that people who have psychopathic symptoms behave as though they are suffering frontal brain damage,” said Dr. Simone Shamay-Tsoory, who conducted the […]