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Treatment of Personality Disorders

  • Jan Derksen
  • Cesare Maffei
  • Herman Groen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Biological Foundations of Personality Disorders

  3. Psychological Foundations of Personality Disorders

    1. J. Christopher Perry, Vittorio Lingiardi, Floriana Ianni
      Pages 39-52
    2. Fabio Madeddu, Adolfo Pazzagli
      Pages 69-76
    3. Enrico de Vito, François Ladame, Alvise Orlandini
      Pages 77-95
  4. Diagnostic Models of Personality Disorders

  5. Treatment of Personality Disorders

    1. Peter Moleman, Karin van Dam, Veron Dings
      Pages 207-227
    2. F. Benedetti, C. Colombo, L. Sforzini, C. Maffei, E. Smeraldi
      Pages 229-240
    3. S. Friis, T. Wilberg, T. Dammen, Ø. Urnes
      Pages 255-268
    4. John Birtchnell, Giuseppe Borgherini
      Pages 269-288
    5. R. Visintini, E. Campanini, A. Amá, R. Alcorn, S. Corbella, S. Gessler et al.
      Pages 289-304
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 305-307

About this book

Introduction

It has been almost twenty years since DSM-III created a major shift in psychi­ atric classification procedures and in diagnostic and treatment practice by introducing the multi-axial system and, for our patients specifically, the Axis II: Personality Disorders. Researchers and clinicians were forced to focus on many issues related to the field of personality and its disorders. This meant an immense impetus for research, both empirical and theoretical. Many recent developments are described in this book, as reviews or as original articles. This book also covers developments in Europe as well as in North America. Important questions still remain unanswered, such as: What is the relationship between the different clusters: A, B, & C? Are we talking about dimensions, categories, or typologies? What can be done for patients who have more than one personality disorder? Is a pro typical approach required? Consequently, is a multiconceptual approach in treatment and research required? The authors contribute to this discus­ sion and provide guidelines for further thinking in research and treatment planning. For clinicians, it is of major importance to know whether the disorder can be influ­ enced by treatment, and whether permanent change is really possible. A very impor­ tant question is whether a person indeed has a personality disorder, and how this diagnosis affects clinical practice.

Keywords

Psychotherapeut anxiety diagnosis etiology genetics stability trauma

Editors and affiliations

  • Jan Derksen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Cesare Maffei
    • 3
  • Herman Groen
    • 4
  1. 1.University of NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Free University of BrusselsBrusselsBelgium
  3. 3.Vita-Salute San Raffaele University and Scientific Institute San RaffaeleMilanItaly
  4. 4.Forensic Psychiatric Institute “Oldenkotte”RekkerThe Netherlands

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