Description: This is a companion volume to the The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Personality Disorders (published in 2005).
Purpose: The purpose is to update topics in the main textbook for practicing clinicians.
Audience: Clinicians who treat patients with personality disorders are the intended audience.
Features: The book begins with basic concepts by reviewing the development of diagnostic criteria for personality disorders and the major theories behind them. Clinical evaluation follows, with discussions on assessment and comorbidity with Axis I and II. There is an excellent section on the clinical course and stability of personality disorders. The third portion focuses on etiology including neurobiology, genetics, and early recognition of personality disorders. The final chapters are devoted to treatment including level of care, psychodynamic, dialectical, group, and psychopharmacology.
Assessment: This is an excellent, practical overview of personality disorders and manages to cover a great deal of material in a limited amount of space. The chapters on early recognition of symptoms in adolescence and prevention are quite good, as is the section on neurobiology. The treatment sections offer an understanding of different approaches and their effectiveness with different personality disorder populations. I would highly recommend this book to any clinician who wants an updated, practical review of personality disorders.