Personality disorders at the interface of psychiatry and the law: legal use and clinical classification

Personality disorders at the interface of psychiatry and the law: legal use and clinical classification

A very interesting article:

The role of personality disorders within the legal arena has been of interest to clinicians since the early days of psychiatry when physicians were called to court in an effort to explain criminal behaviors.1 Clinical and legal interest, as well as fascination of the general public about understanding why people are involved in crime and other behaviors that offend, astound, harm, or frighten, continues to the present day.2-4 Though it is often thought that this understanding remains the province of forensically trained psychiatrists or psychologists applying specialized skills to evaluating individuals who have entered the criminal justice system or claim to have been civilly wronged, there is no specific prohibition against any clinician providing expertise within the legal system.

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