Treatment-Resistant Depression: The Importance of Identifying and Treating Co-occurring Personality Disorders

Michael Young
Psychiatric Clinics of North America 2018, 41 (2): 249-261
Treatment-resistant depression (TRD) presents a significant burden to individuals and society, and comprehensive, individualized approaches are needed to address this complex clinical situation. Diagnostic reevaluation is indicated in cases of TRD to determine the numerous factors that could be playing a role in the treatment resistance. Factors to assess during the diagnostic reevaluation are discussed, including assessment for personality disorders, which are common contributors to treatment resistance and are often not adequately addressed. Two case studies are presented to illustrate the importance of addressing underlying personality disorders in the setting of chronic depression and TRD.

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