Description: Anybody who evaluates and follows psychiatric patients knows perfectly well that in psychiatry one of the most difficult disorders to treat is personality disorder. This is a text about personality disorders.
Purpose: With the intent to discover "the landscape of personality disorders," the editor indicates the purpose is to inform readers about different personality disorders and their classifications, treatments, and outcomes.
Audience: This book is written for any clinician including the psychiatrist, psychologist, psychiatry resident, social worker, and psychiatry nurse who evaluates and follows mentally ill patients.
Features: For decades personality disorders have been a dilemma for psychiatrists. In this book the editor and contributors focus on classification, diagnosis, and treatment methods of personality disorders rather than developmental theories behind them. DSM III, DSM Ill-R, DSM V, and ICD criteria as well as major papers in literature are used as references to understand descriptions and classifications. One chapter is dedicated to comorbidity of personality disorders as contributors give readers clues about each personality disorder and the likely comorbid Axis I diagnoses. Treatment possibilities are described in detail in two different chapters on drug treatments and psychosocial treatments. Multiple illustrations and graphics are helpful in understanding the material. Numerous comments, descriptions, and discussions are made about the Personality Assessment Scale including its reliability and usefulness. A sample Personality Assessment Scale and a Quick Personality Assessment Scale are provided at the end of the book. The reference list and index are very helpful.
Assessment: This book is a very helpful tool for any psychiatrist (especially the psychiatry resident) to learn how to adequately screen, diagnose, and treat personality disorders of their patients. This is a worthwhile contribution to the subject.