As a teacher of personality disorders to medical students, I will incorporate many of the book's carefully considered, collected, and documented information about phenomenology and epidemiology.
Personality Disorders Over Time: Precursors, Course, and Outcomeby Joel Paris
Emphasizing management rather than cure, Paris outlines a realistic, long-term treatment approach that strives for gradual recovery with intermittent interventions. Features include a general theory of personality disorders, including Axis I and Axis II cluster disorders, and a special emphasis on strategies for helping patients manage BPD.See more details below
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Emphasizing management rather than cure, Paris outlines a realistic, long-term treatment approach that strives for gradual recovery with intermittent interventions. Features include a general theory of personality disorders, including Axis I and Axis II cluster disorders, and a special emphasis on strategies for helping patients manage BPD.
Description: This book attempts to look at the development of personality disorders, particularly antisocial and borderline, from childhood through to their eventual outcomes in late adulthood.
Purpose: The purpose is to describe the natural history of personality disorders for clinicians in order for them to understand the expected outcomes and chronicity of these disorders. The author also focuses on childhood behavior problems that could lead to the development of adult personality disorders. Of note, he briefly outlines some management strategies for specific disorders and considers the problem of suicidality in borderline patients.
Audience: The audience is clinicians and therapists who treat patients with personality disorders.
Features: The book includes the results of a 27-year longitudinal study of borderline patients and a discussion of the findings. It has numerous up-to-date references that allow for further reading on any of the topics. It also has some ideas for future research on personality disorders.
Assessment: This is a good book for developing an understanding of the natural history, precursors, and expected outcomes of personality disorders, particularly borderline and antisocial types. The importance of chronicity of traits in each disorder is emphasized, and there is a good discussion of suicidality in borderline patients. There could be more depth of discussion about each topic, but the author does provide good references for further reading. This is a good introduction to personality disorders as a lifelong issue and will enable clinicians to be more understanding and better equipped to treat these particular types of patients.
- American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
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- 2 MB
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
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Joel Paris has written a very readable and useful book. He has the unique ability to present complex ideas in simple and understandable terms. He draws on many different sources, from genetics and biology to psychodynamics, behavior therapy, and child development to help us understand better the course of these illnesses over time. He distills the essential information from these various disciplines into a clinically useful approach designed to help reduce the chaos and confusion experienced by both patients and therapists in the treatment of these difficult and challenging patients.
This is an important and innovative contribution to the study of personality disorder. Dr. Paris, a prolific contributor to the field, has produced an extensively referenced text that provides a comprehensive and critical account to how personality disorder changes over time, a topic with major theoretical and clinical significance. The volume is characteristic of Dr. Paris' approach: a refreshing perspective unfettered by doctrinaire assumptions and unsubstantial theoretical positions. Written in a concise, readable style, this book is rewarding reading for anyone interested in a longitudinal perspective on mental disorders.
In Personality Disorders Over Time, Paris delivers what we have come to expect from him: a wise, evidence-based, valuable volume that informs, teaches, and guides us from the perspective of a clinical master. With balance and style, Paris reviews what we know about how patients with personality disorders fare, and what we still need to know.
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