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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Clinical Topics in Personality Disorder

Edited by Jaydip Sarkar and Gwen Adshead


Price: £30.00

College members' price: £27.00

Published: Jul 2012

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 368

ISBN: 9781908020390

Clinical Topics in Personality Disorder

Personality disorder used to be a diagnosis of exclusion, a condition deemed ‘untreatable’. This situation has been transformed in the past 10 years, with a huge expansion of research and clinical interest in personality disorders: what it is like to have a personality disorder, what sort of services are helpful, what treatments work best and what staff need to know.

This book provides an expert synthesis of these clinical advances. It covers the nature of personality disorders, assessment, diagnosis and classification, management and a broad range of therapeutic approaches. Written by practitioners with real expertise in the field, the book is equally suitable for psychiatric trainees and more experienced clinicians from the full range of disciplines in mental healthcare.

  • Up to date and comprehensive.
  • Includes service user experiences.
  • Draws on a wealth of real clinical experience.
  • Eclectic range of therapies and approaches.
  • Covers all age groups and specialist settings.

Five chapters have been specially commissioned for this book, while previous versions of the other 15 chapters have been published in the journal Advances in Psychiatric Treatment - many have been extensively updated by the authors.

Readership: Particularly relevant for any healthcare professionals caring for those with personality disorder. It will also be useful for psychiatric trainees, those working in forensic services and anyone in the multi-disciplinary mental health team.

About the editors:
Jaydip Sarkar – Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, East Midlands Centre for Forensic Mental Health, Leicester.
Gwen Adshead – Consultant Forensic Psychotherapist, Broadmoor Hospital, Berks.


Contents

 

Part 1: The nature of the problem

1.

The nature of personality disorder

2.

Differences between psychopathy and other personality disorders: evidence from neuroimaging

3.

Challenges in the treatment of dangerous and severe personality disorder

4.

Are you looking at me? Understanding and managing paranoid personality disorder

5.

Personality disorder in older people: how common is it and what can be done?

6.

Management of common personality disorders in the acute setting

7.

Personality disorder in women

8.

Personality disorder in adolescence

 


Part 2: Management and general treatment approaches

9.

Assessment of personality disorder

10.

Diagnosis and classification of personality disorder: difficulties, their resolution and implications for practice

11.

Murmurs of discontent: treatment and treatability of personality disorder

12.

Personality disorder: its impact on staff and the role of supervision

 


Part 3: Specific treatment approaches

13.

Treating personality disorder: methods and outcomes

14.

Skills-based therapies for personality disorder

15.

Insight-oriented therapies for personality disorder

16.

Treatment approaches for severe personality disorder

17.

Mindfulness in the psychotherapy of personality disorder

18.

Cognitive analytic therapy for borderline personality disorder

19.

Contemporary therapeutic communities: complex treatment for complex needs

20.

Nidotherapy: making the environment do the therapeutic work

 

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Winner of the Psychiatry category of the BMA Medical Book Awards 2013

BMA Medical Book Awards“This is an excellent overview, challenging certain negative attitudes towards the disorders and their treatability, with good, up-to-date referencing to assist further enquiry into the subject. Its strengths are its  breadth and well-informed exploration of the subjects. It definitely has benefitted my knowledge and understanding of current thinking.”

2013 BMA Medical Book and Patient Information Awards: Programme and Awards Winners

 

First Prize in Psychiatry 2013

 

Dr Gwen Adshead (on the right) being presented the First Prize at the Awards ceremony, Sep 2013

First Prize in Psychiatry 2013