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Examine personality psychopathology from diverse perspectives and explore multiple research and treatment approaches with The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Personality Disorders. Capture the multifaceted range of nonpathological human behavior and develop a judicious understanding of the extremes of behavior that are called personality disorders.

No other textbook today matches the clinically useful scope and relevance of Textbook of Personality Disorders. Its comprehensive coverage of theory, research, and treatment of personality disorders, incorporating illustrative case examples to enhance understanding, reflects the work of more than 70 expert contributors who review the latest theories, research findings, and clinical expertise in the increasingly complex field of personality disorders.

The deeply informative Textbook of Personality Disorders is organized into six main sections: • Basic concepts -- Summarizes definitions and classifications of personality disorders, building on broader international concepts and theories of psychopathology and including categorical and dimensional models of personality disorders• Clinical evaluation -- Discusses manifestations, problems in differential diagnosis, and patterns of comorbidity; the most widely used interviews and self-administered questionnaires; and the course and outcome of personality disorders.• Etiology -- Includes an integrative perspective (personality disorders, personality traits, and temperament); epidemiology (one in ten people has a personality disorder) and genetics; neurobiology; antecedents of personality disorders in children and adolescents; attachment theory and mentalization therapy in borderline personality disorder; and the complex and variable interface between personality disorders and sociocultural factors• Treatment -- Covers levels of care and the full range of therapies, from psychoanalysis to pharmacotherapy; includes detailed information on schema therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (specifically developed for self-injuring/suicidal patients with borderline personality disorder), interpersonal therapy, dynamically-informed supportive psychotherapy, group treatment, family therapy, psychoeducation, the therapeutic alliance, boundary issues, and collaborative treatment • Special problems and populations -- Addresses suicide, substance abuse, violence, dissociative states, defensive functioning, gender and cross-cultural issues, and patients in correctional and medical settings• New developments and future directions -- Offers perspectives on brain imaging and translational research and asserts that the closer working relationship between clinical psychiatrists and behavioral neuroscientists -- with neuroimaging techniques as the common ground -- will result in more promising models to enhance our understanding of the neuroscience and molecular biology of personality disorders

Offering both a wealth of practical information that clinicians can use right away in their daily practice and an up-to-date review of empirical research, The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Personality Disorders is the definitive reference and clinical guide not only for seasoned clinicians but also for psychiatry residents, psychology interns and graduate students, and social work, medical, and nursing students.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Daniel E. Levin, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a comprehensive, authoritative, highly referenced and usable textbook on personality disorders.
Purpose: The editors set out to recruit the leading authorities on the topic of personality disorders to write chapters on their areas of expertise, in order to compile an up-to-date, comprehensive, and authoritative textbook on the subject. The field has needed this exact type of book. The editors have succeeded in meeting their goals.
Audience: These top scholars have written a book appropriate and useful for all interested clinicians, faculty, and most students in search of a comprehensive review of the topic of personality disorders.
Features: The book includes 41 chapters covering almost all of the most important topics in the field of personality disorders that the intended audience would be interested in reviewing. The outstanding aspects of this book are the editors' success in obtaining contributions from so many leading writers, researchers, and clinicians, the comprehensiveness of the coverage, and the clarity of the writing on complex subjects. The only shortcoming is the need for a possibly longer, basic chapter for a beginning student reviewing the personality disorders listed in DSM-IV-TR.
Assessment: This is the first edition of this comprehensive textbook on personality disorders. The editors and the authors should be congratulated for assembling this outstanding textbook. This is the most comprehensive and up-to-date book I have seen on the topic and it is clearly and authoritatively written.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585621590
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 732
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John M. Oldham, M.D., M.S., is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina.

Andrew E. Skodol, M.D., is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Director of the Department of Personality Studies at New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York, New York.

Donna S. Bender, Ph.D., is Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology in Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Research Scientist in the Department of Personality Studies at the New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York, New York.

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Part I: Basic Concepts. Personality disorders: recent history and future directions. Theories of personality and personality disorders. Categorical and dimensional models of personality disorders. Part II: Clinical Evaluation. Manifestations, clinical diagnosis, and comorbidity. Assessment instruments and standardized evaluation. Course and outcome of personality disorders. Part III: Etiology. A current integrative perspective on personality disorders. Epidemiology. Genetics. Neurobiology. Developmental issues. Attachment theory and mentalization-oriented model of borderline personality disorder. Role of childhood experiences in the development of maladaptive and adaptive personality traits. Sociocultural factors. Part IV: Treatment. Levels of care in the treatment. Psychoanalysis. Psychodynamic psychotherapies. Schema therapy. Dialectical behavior therapy. Interpersonal therapy. Supportive psychotherapy. Group treatment. Family therapy. Psychoeducation. Somatic treatments. Therapeutic alliance. Boundary issues. Collaborative treatment. Part V: Special Problems and Populations. Assessing and managing suicide risk. Substance abuse. Violence. Dissociative states. Defensive functioning. Gender. Cross-cultural issues. Correctional populations: criminal careers and recidivism. Medical settings. Part VI: New Developments and Future Directions. Brain imaging. Translational research. Development of animal models in neuroscience and molecular biology. Biology in the service of psychotherapy. Appendix. Index.

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