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Clinical Assessment and Management of Severe Personality Disorders

Edited by Paul S. Links, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.

  • ISBN 978-0-88048-488-6
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Clinical Assessment and Management of Severe Personality Disorders (Clinical Practice 35) offers the clinician working in the community a practicable approach to the treatment of patients with personality disorders. Clearly written, with minimal use of jargon, this book focuses on issues relevant to the clinician in private practice, including the diagnosis of a wide range of personality disorders and alternative management approaches.

Recognizing patients with a personality disorder, differentiating one disorder from another, and using psychological tests in the diagnosis and treatment of personality disorders are among the clinical assessment issues covered. Two commonly encountered issues—the assessment and management of patients using a neuropsychiatric approach and treatment of patients with comorbid symptoms and personality disorders—are discussed.

This book takes a broad approach to the management of personality disorders, moving beyond individual dynamic psychotherapy as the only treatment option. Pharmacological management of patients with personality disorders and differential management for patients in various settings are described. A discussion of the etiological impact and implications of early life experiences on the patient offers valuable insight for psychotherapeutic management. Clinicians are also provided with a useful framework for interacting and intervening with the families of patients with personality disorders.


  • Understanding and recognizing personality disorders. Diagnosing specific personality disorders and the optimal criteria. Use of psychological tests in the diagnosis and treatment of personality disorders. Neuropsychiatric issues in the management of personality disorders. Comprehending comorbidity: a symptom disorder plus a personality disorder. Rational pharmacotherapy for patients with personality disorders. The script is already written: system responses to patients with personality disorders. The therapeutic relationship. Understanding patients with histories of childhood sexual abuse. Helping the family: a framework for intervention. Index.

About the Authors

Paul S. Links, M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.P.C., is Clinical Program Director and Professor of the Department of Psychiatry at The Wellesley Hospital, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The editor and authors have succeeded in their goal of providing useful assessment and management approaches for patients with personality disorders. I found the book interesting, fact based, helpful, practical, and showing common sense in many areas. I strongly recommend it to colleagues who work with these patients.—Michael R. Bieber, Ph.D., American Journal of Psychiatry

This book brings clarity to a subject that can often be obscure. Clinicians will receive highly practical advice from these pages on how to diagnose and treat patients with personality disorders.—Joel Paris, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

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