Personality-Guided Therapy for Depression

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In Personality-Guided Therapy for Depression, Neil R. Bockian describes a promising new approach to treating complicated depression, cases in which progress is painfully slow, elusive, or followed by relapse. The causes and experience of depression are influenced by personality style, or deeply rooted patterns of functioning in the world. Depression in a person with a dependent style, for example, differs markedly from that in someone with an antisocial personality. This volume demonstrates how, drawing insights from major theoretical orientations, psychotherapy can be tailored to address patients' varying issues and communication styles. As treating personality disorders alleviates depression, and vice versa, this approach offers new hope for progress in both realms. Using Theodore Millon's personality-guided therapy as framework, Dr. Bockian illuminates how specific personality types play into depression, and how taking personality into account enables psychologists to tailor their interventions to the patient and thus improve the prospects for long-term recovery. For each personality type, the author explores how prevalent depression is, what promotes and maintains it, how psychological, biological, and social factors contribute to it, and the role of medications and of therapist reactions to the patient. This groundbreaking book offers practitioners, researchers, and students a framework for understanding how personality factors increase vulnerability to depression or help buffer against it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591474104
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Series: Personality-Guided Psychology Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 325
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 3
Ch. 2 An overview of depression and theoretical models of its relationship to personality disorders 13
Ch. 3 Depression in paranoid personality disorder 41
Ch. 4 Depression in schizoid personality disorder 63
Ch. 5 Depression in schizotypal personality disorder 91
Ch. 6 Depression in antisocial personality disorder 109
Ch. 7 Depression in borderline personality disorder 135
Ch. 8 Depression in histrionic personality disorder 169
Ch. 9 Depression in narcissistic personality disorder 187
Ch. 10 Depression in avoidant personality disorder 209
Ch. 11 Depression in dependent personality disorder 227
Ch. 12 Depression in obsessive-compulsive personality disorder 247
App. A Emotion list - 2 267
App. B Expression of personality disorders across the domains of clinical science 271
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2006

    A work of seminal, definitive scholarship

    Personality-Guided Therapy For Depression by Neil R. Rockian (Professor of Psychology, Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, Illinois) presents a new approach to treating patients with complicated depression for whom progress has been slow, elusive, or followed by relapse. Professor Rockian notes, for example, that depression experienced by a person with a dependent style will differ markedly from depression experienced by someone with an antisocial personality. Drawing from major theoretical orientations to demonstrate how psychotherapy can be tailored to patients diverse needs and distinctive communication styles, Personality-Guide Therapy offers an approach that will provide new hope for successfully tailoring the therapy to the patient's personality type while controlling for how prevalent the depression is psychological, biological, and social factors the role of medications and therapist reactions to the patient. A work of seminal, definitive scholarship, Personality-Guided Therapy For Depression is a welcome and core contribution to academic library and professional reference collections.

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