2004 issue 3


Volume 20, issue 3


Pharmacological treatment for aggressive patients with psychiatric disorders

Małgorzata Rzewuska1
1. Samodzielna Pracownia Farmakoterapii Instytutu Psychiatrii i Neurologii w Warszawie
Farmakoterapia w Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 2004, 3, 293-323
Keywords: dysphoria, aggressive behavior, pharmacotherapy guidelines


Impulsive, aggressive behavior is common in psychiatric disorders. However, little systematic treatment data exists from controlled trials for this symptom domain. Many of the studies in aggression had methodological limitations.
In this article the author comprehensively, critically review the available data on treatment for psychiatric condition with aggressive behaviors including bipolar, psychotic disorders, agitation associated with dementia and personality disorder. The author concludes with a brief summary of optimal treatment approach.