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Psychodynamic Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, Fifth Edition

Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-1-58562-443-0
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It is difficult to improve on a classic, but the fifth edition of Psychodynamic Psychiatry in Clinical Practice does just that, offering the updates readers expect with a deft reorganization that integrates DSM-5 with the author's emphasis on psychodynamic thinking. The individual patient is never sacrificed to the diagnostic category, yet clinicians will find the guidance they need to apply DSM-5 appropriately. Each chapter has been systematically updated to reflect the myriad and manifold changes in the 9 years since the previous edition's publication. All 19 chapters have new references and cutting-edge material that will prepare psychiatrists and residents to treat patients with compassion and skill. The book offers the following features:

  • Each chapter integrates new neurobiological findings with psychodynamic understanding so that clinicians can approach their patients with a truly biopsychosocial treatment plan.
  • Excellent writing and an intuitive structure make complicated psychodynamic concepts easy to understand so that readers can grasp the practical application of theory in everyday practice.
  • The book links clinical understanding to the new DSM-5 nomenclature so that clinicians and trainees can adapt psychodynamic thinking to the new conceptual models of disorders.
  • New coverage of psychodynamic thinking with relation to the treatment of patients on the autism spectrum addresses an increasingly important practice area.
  • Posttraumatic stress and dissociative disorders have been combined to allow for integrated coverage of primary psychiatric disorders related to trauma and stressors.

A boon to clinicians in training and practice, the book has been meticulously edited and grounded in the latest research. The author firmly believes that clinicians must not lose the complexities of the person in the process of helping the patient. Psychodynamic Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, Fifth Edition, keeps this approach front and center as it engages, instructs, and exhorts the reader in the thoughtful, humane practice of psychodynamic psychiatry.


  • Preface to the Fifth Edition
  • Source Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Basic Principles of Dynamic Psychiatry
  • Chapter 2. The Theoretical Basis of Dynamic Psychiatry
  • Chapter 3. Psychodynamic Assessment of the Patient
  • Chapter 4. Treatments in Dynamic Psychiatry: Individual Psychotherapy
  • Chapter 5. Treatments in Dynamic Psychiatry: Group Therapy, Family/Marital Therapy, and Pharmacotherapy
  • Chapter 6. Treatments in Dynamic Psychiatry: Multiple Treater Settings
  • Chapter 7. Schizophrenia
  • Chapter 8. Affective Disorders
  • Chapter 9. Anxiety Disorders
  • Chapter 10. Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders and Dissociative Disorders
  • Chapter 11. Paraphilias and Sexual Dysfunctions
  • Chapter 12. Substance-Related Disorders and Eating Disorders
  • Chapter 13. Neurodevelopmental and Neurocognitive Disorders
  • Chapter 14. Cluster A Personality Disorders: Paranoid, Schizoid, and Schizotypal
  • Chapter 15. Cluster B Personality Disorders: Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Chapter 16. Cluster B Personality Disorders: Narcissistic
  • Chapter 17. Cluster B Personality Disorders: Antisocial
  • Chapter 18. Cluster B Personality Disorders: Hysterical and Histrionic
  • Chapter 19. Cluster C Personality Disorders: Obsessive-Compulsive, Avoidant, and Dependent
  • Index

About the Authors

Glen O. Gabbard, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and Professor of Psychiatry at State University of New York in Syracuse. He is also Training and Supervising Analyst at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston.

In Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in Clinical Practice, Fifth Edition, Gabbard has given us a book that is both perfect for beginners and interesting to those advanced in their work with patients. This is a tremendous accomplishment! The book is both sophisticated and user-friendly. It is a must-have for the library of every serious mental health professional, who will refer to it many, many times.—Elizabeth L. Auchincloss, M.D., Vice-chair, Graduate Medical Education, Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College

This is a remarkable book. It should be used with all psychiatrists in training as a methodology for understanding dynamic psychiatry, and learning how well it works when used appropriately. I do appreciate that the author states there are patients for whom this is not the best approach. He does a good job of presenting supportive research about the benefits of dynamic therapy/psychiatry, though it is a bit overstated at times. I really enjoyed reading about the psychodynamic understanding of each illness/disorder. The author comments that the book was delayed until DSM-5 was widely circulated, while voicing his disagreements with the new criteria. All in all, this is an excellent book that I will recommend to trainees and attendings alike.—Brett C. Plyler, M.D., Doody's Book Review

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