Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Personality Disorders: A Clinical Handbook

Editor : John F. Clarkin, Editor : Peter Fonagy, Editor : Glen O. Gabbard

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Personality Disorders: A Clinical Handbook

Book Details

  • Publisher : American Psychiatric Publishing
  • Published : 2010
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 508
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 29752
  • ISBN 13 : 9781585623556
  • ISBN 10 : 1585623555

Reviews and Endorsements

The focus of the book is the psychodynamic conceptualization, assessment, and treatment of the personality disorders as currently described in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR). Included are 16 chapters in three sections: Defining Personality Pathology, Treatment Approaches, and Research for Future Directions. The background of models of personality and its pathology comprises Section I. Section II contains chapters on the treatment of specific personality disorder constellations. These treatment chapters provide information on the relevant empirical research, patient phenomenology and psychodynamics, treatment strategies, and techniques, woven together with clinical illustrations and vignettes. Section III includes a summary of the existing treatment outcome research and a glimpse of the diagnostic procedures in the near future. Each of the chapter authors has had extensive clinical, and sometimes research, experience with the assessment and treatment of one of the personality disorders described.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Personality Disorders: A Clinical Handbook is a practical handbook and guide to clinicians with real-world applications.

* Every patient a clinician treats has personality issues, if not a personality disorder. This book provides strategies and techniques for addressing personality issues
* DSM-IV-TR is proceeding to DSM-V. This collection of papers provides up-to-date information on how the personality disorders will be handled in the upcoming DSM-V
* The authors provide summaries of key concepts and suggested readings of particular value to residents and students in other disciplines

The authors suggest that new research and reviews indicate, to the surprise of many, that psychodynamic treatments are effective for these personality disorders, and its impact is as great as, that of cognitive-behavioral treatments.

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