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Psychotherapy for Personality Disorders / Edition 1

Psychotherapy for Personality Disorders / Edition 1


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Defined by stable, long-term, subjective distress and/or social impairment, personality disorders affect up to 18% of the population. Social impairment and health care usage are far more prevalent among people with personality disorders than among people with major depressive disorders. Personality disorders are highly prevalent, variable, and notoriously difficult to treat, and they continue to challenge the therapeutic community and represent a formidable public health concern.

This volume ably addresses personality disorders as one of the top priorities of psychiatry for the new millennium, offering a thorough and updated review and analysis of empirical work to point up the issues central to developing a therapeutic model for treatment as well as current research challenges. A review of extant research yields the heartening conclusion that psychotherapy remains an effective treatment for people with personality disorders. An examination of psychodynamic treatment for borderline personality disorder speaks to its efficacy. An analysis of the rationale for combining psychotherapy and psychopharmacology emphasizes the importance of identifying temperament and target conditions. A well-documented and reasoned treatise on antisocial personality disorder makes the crucial point that clinicians must acquire a depth of understanding and skill sufficient to determine what the cut-off point is for treatable versus nontreatable gradations. With the caveat that evidence supporting the efficacy of cognitive treatments for personality disorders is slight and that such approaches require tailoring, a strong case is made for their validity.

This timely volume both answers and reframes many stubborn questions about the efficacy of psychotherapy for treating personality disorders.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780880482738
Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/01/2000
Series: Review of Psychiatry , #19
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John G. Gunderson, M.D., is Director of Psychotherapy and Psychosocial Research and Chief of Ambulatory Personality Disorder Services at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. He is also Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Glen O. Gabbard, M.D., is Professor and Director of the Baylor Psychiatry Clinic at the Baylor College of Medicine and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute in Houston, Texas. He was previously Director of the Menninger Hospital in Topeka, Kansas. Dr. Gabbard is the author or editor of sixteen books and currently is joint Editor-in-Chief and Editor for North America of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. His numerous awards include the 2000 Mary Sigourney Award for outstanding contributions to psychoanalysis.

Table of Contents

ContributorsIntroduction to the Review of Psychiatry SeriesForewordChapter 1. Empirical studies of psychotherapy for personality disordersChapter 2. Psychodynamic psychotherapy for borderline personality disorderChapter 3. Combining medication with psychotherapy in treatment of personality disordersChapter 4. Gradations of antisociality and responsivity to psychosocial therapiesChapter 5. Cognitive therapy of personality disordersAfterwordIndex

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Lynn E. Alden

All in all, this is a highly readable volume that elucidates a number of important topics related to psychotherapy with personality disordered patients.(Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books)

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