Substance abuse and psychopathology

A diagnostic screening of Italian narcotic addicts
  • Massimo Clerici
  • Italo Carta
  • Carlo Lorenzo Cazzullo


This report evaluates, using DSM III, the psychopathological profile of 226 heroin users taken in at the clinical centre of “Cascina Verde” Therapeutic Community (Milan, Italy) and admitted to a psychotherapeutic, retraining, integrated, both out-and-in-patient treatment. The outcome shows that 30% of subjects are to be diagnosed according to Axis I while 61% are to be considered among Axis II personality disorders. A portion of 16% is to be referred to the “schizophrenic spectrum”, 25% has histrionic, narcissistic, antisocial and borderline personality disorders and the remaining are to be referred to an extremely heterogeneous category. The report shows also data concerning Axes IV and V, always according DSM III.


Public Health Substance Abuse Heroin Personality Disorder Clinical Centre 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Massimo Clerici
    • 1
  • Italo Carta
    • 1
  • Carlo Lorenzo Cazzullo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Milan Medical SchoolUniversity of MilanMilanoItaly

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