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The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Personality Disorders, Second Edition

Edited by John M. Oldham, M.D., M.S., Andrew E. Skodol, M.D., and Donna S. Bender, Ph.D., FIPA

  • ISBN 978-1-58562-456-0
  • Item #62456


This new edition of The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Personality Disorders has been thoroughly reorganized and updated to reflect new findings, expanded treatment options and considerations, and future directions, such as translational research, enhancing the text's utility while maintaining its reputation as the foremost reference and clinical guide on the subject.

In four exhaustive and enlightening sections, the book covers basic concepts of personality disorders, etiology, clinical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment, and it addresses special issues that may arise with specific populations or settings. In addition, the text offers many features and benefits:

  • Several chapters describe the intense efforts to identify the scientifically strongest—and clinically relevant—approaches to conceptualizing and enumerating personality traits and pathology. The book does not sidestep ongoing controversies over classification but addresses them head-on by including chapters by experts with competing perspectives.
  • The hybrid dimensional/categorical alternative model of classification for personality disorders included in the DSM-5 is included in an appendix and thoroughly referenced throughout the volume and discussed in detail in several chapters.
  • Coverage of current research is up-to-date and extensive. Longitudinal naturalistic studies, which have shown surprising patterns of improvement in patients with selected personality disorders, as well as new and more rigorous treatment studies, have yielded critical findings in recent years, all of which are thoroughly addressed.
  • Dozens of vivid and detailed case examples are included to illustrate diagnostic and treatment concepts.
  • The editors have selected a roster of contributors second to none, and the text has been scrupulously edited for consistency of language, tone, and coverage.

As clinical populations become better defined, new and more rigorous treatment studies are being conducted with increasingly promising results. The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Personality Disorders offers clinicians, residents, and trainees in all disciplines a front row seat for the latest findings and clinical innovations in this burgeoning field.


Chapter 1. Personality Disorders: Recent History and New Directions
Part I: Clinical Concepts and Etiology
Chapter 2. Theories of Personality and Personality Disorders
Chapter 3. Articulating a Core Dimension of Personality Pathology
Chapter 4. Development, Attachment, and Childhood Experiences
Chapter 5. Genetics and Neurobiology
Chapter 6. Prevalence, Sociodemographics, and Functional Impairment
Chapter 7. Manifestations, Assessment, and Differential Diagnosis
Chapter 8. Course and Outcome
Part II: Treatment
Chapter 9. Therapeutic Alliance
Chapter 10. Psychodynamic Psychotherapies and Psychoanalysis
Chapter 11. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy I: Basics and Principles
Chapter 12. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy II: Specific Strategies for Personality Disorders
Chapter 13. Group, Family, and Couples Therapies
Chapter 14. Psychoeducation
Chapter 15. Somatic Treatments
Chapter 16. Collaborative Treatment
Chapter 17. Boundary Issues
Part III: Special Problems, Populations, and Settings
Chapter 18. Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk
Chapter 19. Substance Use Disorders
Chapter 20. Antisocial Personality Disorder and Other Antisocial Behavior
Chapter 21. Personality Disorders in the Medical Setting
Chapter 22. Personality Disorders in the Military Operational Environment
Part IV: Future Directions
Chapter 23. Translational Research in Borderline Personality Disorder
Chapter 24. An Alternative Model for Personality Disorders: DSM-5 Section III and Beyond
Appendix: Alternative DSM-5 Model for Personality Disorders


Anthony Bateman, M.D.
Donna S. Bender, Ph.D.
David M. Benedek, M.D., Col., M.C., U.S.A.
Donald W. Black, M.D.
Nancee Blum, M.S.W.
Martin Bohus, M.D.
Chloe Campbell, Ph.D.
John F. Clarkin, Ph.D.
Jennifer C. Elliott, Ph.D.
Peter Fonagy, Ph.D.
J. Christopher Fowler, Ph.D.
Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D.
Liz Golmon
Carlos M. Grilo, Ph.D.
John G. Gunderson, MD
Thomas G. Gutheil, M.D.
John M. Hart, Ph.D.
Deborah S. Hasin, Ph.D.
Amy K. Heim, Ph.D.
Sabine Herpertz, M.D.
Perry D. Hoffman, Ph.D.
Steven E. Hyman, M.D.
Harold W. Koenigsberg, M.D.
Jay L. Lebow, Ph.D.
Kenneth N. Levy, Ph.D.
Paul S. Links, M.D.
Nicolas Lorenzini, M.Sc., M.Phil.
Ricky D. Malone, M.D., Col., M.C., U.S.A.
Thomas H. McGlashan, M.D.
Jacquelyn L. Meyers, Ph.D.
Leslie C. Morey, Ph.D.
Katharine J. Nelson, M.D.
Antonia S. New, M.D.
John S. Ogrodniczuk, Ph.D.
John M. Oldham, M.D.
William E. Piper, Ph.D.
Seth J. Prins, M.P.H.
Daniel R. Rosell, M.D., Ph.D.
Randy A. Sansone, M.D.
Lori A. Sansone, M.D.
Francesca L. Schiavone
Abigail B. Schlesinger, M.D.
Christian Schmahl, M.D.
S. Charles Schulz, M.D.
Larry J. Siever, M.D.
Kenneth R. Silk, M.D.
Andrew E. Skodol, M.D.
Paul H. Soloff, M.D.
Svenn Torgersen, Ph.D.
Amanda A. Uliaszek, Ph.D.
Roel Verheul, Ph.D.
Drew Westen, Ph.D.
Frank E. Yeomans, M.D.

About the Authors

John M. Oldham, M.D., M.S., is Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff of The Menninger Clinic; Barbara and Corbin Robertson Jr. Endowed Chair for Personality Disorders; and Professor and Executive Vice Chair of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Oldham is Past President of the American Psychiatric Association.

Andrew E. Skodol, M.D., is Research Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, Arizona.

Donna S. Bender, Ph.D., is Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Thank you to Drs. Oldham, Skodol and Bender for organizing such a clinically useful and well written textbook on such an important topic - Personality Disorders. Starting with the history and etiology and moving into clinical treatments, special populations and future directions gives the context and framework for these disorders while then providing up-to-date clinical guidance and the latest in research findings. The editors and authors are internationally and nationally recognized experts in their field. This book will be useful for all clinicians who seek to understand the complexities of personality disorders.—Michelle B. Riba, M.D., M.S.

This volume represents the state-of-the-art resource on personality disorders. Oldham, Skodol and Bender have assembled a stellar group of experts who provide a set of superb chapters on the entire field of personality disorders. This outstanding volume contains all that you need to know about personality pathology and is equally useful for beginning trainees and experienced clinicians. I highly recommend it!—Glen O. Gabbard, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, SUNY-Upstate Medical University

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