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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is an exceptional and important new book on the spectrum model of impulsivity and compulsivity. Written by well-known clinician/researchers, it is a significant contribution to the field.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a new conceptualization on impulsivity and compulsivity. They approach this subject from phenomenological, biological, psychodynamic, and treatment perspectives. This book is an important contribution to the field.
Audience: The intended audience are clinicians and researchers in psychiatry and psychology. Advanced trainees would benefit from this book.
Features: Each of the 10 chapters is well referenced with up-to-date citations. There is also a useful index section. The chapters cover such topics as phenomenology, differential diagnosis, borderline personality disorder, Cloninger's seven-factor model of temperament and character, cognitive science models, biological and pharmacological treatments, and psychotherapy issues.
Assessment: This is an excellent, comprehensive, and thoughtful new book on the spectrum model of impulsivity and compulsivity. It is a welcome addition to the field.