Personality Disorders / Edition 1

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This 8th volume of the WPA series in Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry provides an update of research evidence and clinical experience concerning personality disorders.

A general term for a group of behavioural disorders, personality disorders are usually characterised by lifelong, ingrained, maladaptive patterns of deviant behaviour, lifestyle and social adjustment that are different in quality from psychotic and neurotic symptoms. The book reviews recent progress and current controversies in this area, providing a guide to clinicians and a contribution to the ongoing revision of the two main diagnostic systems, the DSM-IV and ICD-10.

Written by Mario Maj, an internationally renowned psychiatrist and secretary for publications of the World Psychiatric Association, this work includes coverage of neuroscientific and psychiatric aspects and is an unbiased and reliable reference point.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This well-ordered text by a world-wide collection of experts provides an authoritative exploration of these common and misunderstood conditions." (Electric Review, November/December 2005)

"…clearly well researched and reasonably organized…" (Doody's Health Services)

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (Assurance Health and Wellness)
Description: Taking almost two years to complete, this book is a compilation of research and information about the complex nature of personality disorders. As the introduction describes, much about the classification and understanding of these disorders is debated, even amongst those who work most closely with these illnesses.
Purpose: This volume, the eighth in a series of works addressing various topics in psychiatry, is meant to generate a new approach, and possibly inspire a reorganization of the classification of personality disorders by "providing an overview of the research evidence...and allowing a direct comparison of the state of the art for the various groups of disorders."
Audience: The authors suggest this book is primarily aimed at "researchers, in their current work to re-shape the classification of personality disorders," and "clinicians, in their daily struggle with these complex and demanding conditions."
Features: Much of this book is divided into understanding the various clusters of personality disorders. A significant portion (225 pages) of the 500-page book is devoted to "Cluster B" disorders. More specifically, entire chapters address antisocial disorder, border1ine and histrionic disorders, and narcissistic disorder. These disorders are examined from many different aspects, including developmental models and genetic epidemiology, and treatment issues are discussed as well. There are a few diagrams and tables, though the vast majority of the book is text only.
Assessment: Although this book is clearly well researched and reasonably organized, much of the material is quite complex. This book's main weakness is the absence of a discussion regarding any neurobiological (neurotransmitters, etc.) evidence for these disorders, which has become a more prevalent topic in recent years.

3 Stars from Doody
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Meet the Author

Mario Maj, University of Naples, Italy

Hagop S. Asiskal, University of California, San Diego, USA

Juan E. Mezzich, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, USA

Ahmed Okasha, Ain Shams University, Cario, Egypt

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Table of Contents

List of Review Contributors.


Chapter 1. Schizotypal, Schizoid and Paranoid Disorders

Cluster A Personality Disorders: A Review (Josef Parnas, Deborah Licht and Pierre Bovet).

Chapter 2. Antisocial Disorder

Antisocial Personality Disorder: A Review (C. Robert Cloninger).

Chapter 3. Histrionic and Borderline Disorder

Borderline and Histrionic Personality Disorders: A Review (Michael H. Stone).

Chapter 4. Narcissistic Disorder

Narcissistic Personality Disorder: A Review (Elsa Ronningstam).

Chapter 5. The Anxious Cluster

The Anxious Cluster of Personality Disorders: A Review (Peter Tyrer).

Chapter 6. Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

The Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD): A Review (Paul T. Costa, Jack Samuels, Michael Bagby, Lee Daffin and Hillary Norton).

Epilogue: The Renaissance of the Ancient Concept of Temperament (with a Focus on Affective Temperaments) (Hagop S. Akiskal and Kareen Akiskal).


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