The Relationship of Personality to Affective Disorders: A Critical Review Review uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality

abstract

  • Although characterologic constellations such as obsessionalism, dependency, introversion, restricted social skills, and maladaptive self-attributions are popularly linked to the pathogenesis of depressive disorders, the evidence in support of this relationship remains modest. Indeed, many of these attributes may reflect state characteristics woven into the postdepressive personality. Current evidence is strongest for introversion as a possible premorbid trait in primary nonbipolar depressions. By contrast, driven, work-oriented obsessoid, extroverted, cyclothymic, and related dysthymic temperaments appear to be the precursors of bipolar disorders. Other personalities, while not necessarily pathogenic in affective disorders, nevertheless may modify the clinical expression of affective disorders and their prognosis.

publication date

  • January 1983

Research

keywords

  • Review

Identity

Language

  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1001/archpsyc.1983.01790060099013

PubMed ID

  • 6344834

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 801

end page

  • 10

volume

  • 40

number

  • 7