Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is an extremely interesting new book covering the biological aspects of the major personality disorders. In an area that has been, and still is, dominated by psychosocial theories, this book introduces innovative ways of conceptualizing these disabling disorders.
Purpose: The purpose is to introduce the reader to new concepts regarding the neruobiological underpinnings of personality disorders. The major psychoses and mood disorders are presently regarded as brain disorders and the treatments of these disorders involve neurochemical alterations in brain functions. Until recently, the personality disorders were not thought of in this way. Dominated mainly by psychological theories, the understanding and treatment of these disorders has been primarily psychosocial, and psychpharmacologic interventions have generally been discouraged. This book summarizes and critiques recent research findings of the neurobiology of personality disorders.
Audience: The book is mainly targeted for psychiatrists, who tend to see these patients. Psychologists, social workers, neurologists, psychiatric residents, and researchers of personality disorders would also find this book useful.
Features: This multiauthored book is divided into 10 chapters, each of which contains a reference section with extensive and up-to-date citations. There is a useful index section at the end of the book. The tables and figures are helpful in understanding the material.
Assessment: This is a stimulating new book written by well-known authorities in the field, summarizing recent developments in the neurobiological understanding of the personality disorders. I highly recommend it to any clinician that encounters these patients. It will greatly change their concepts about personality disorders.