A general term for a group of behavioural disorders, personality disorders are usually characterised by lifelong, ingrained, maladaptive patterns of deviant behaviour, lifestyle and social adjustment that are different in quality from psychotic and neurotic symptoms. The book reviews recent progress and current controversies in this area, providing a guide to clinicians and a contribution to the ongoing revision of the two main diagnostic systems, the DSM-IV and ICD-10.
Written by Mario Maj, an internationally renowned psychiatrist and secretary for publications of the World Psychiatric Association, this work includes coverage of neuroscientific and psychiatric aspects and is an unbiased and reliable reference point.
Chapter 1. Schizotypal, Schizoid and Paranoid Disorders
Cluster A Personality Disorders: A Review (Josef Parnas, Deborah Licht and Pierre Bovet).
Chapter 2. Antisocial Disorder
Antisocial Personality Disorder: A Review (C. Robert Cloninger).
Chapter 3. Histrionic and Borderline Disorder
Borderline and Histrionic Personality Disorders: A Review (Michael H. Stone).
Chapter 4. Narcissistic Disorder
Narcissistic Personality Disorder: A Review (Elsa Ronningstam).
Chapter 5. The Anxious Cluster
The Anxious Cluster of Personality Disorders: A Review (Peter Tyrer).
Chapter 6. Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
The Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD): A Review (Paul T. Costa, Jack Samuels, Michael Bagby, Lee Daffin and Hillary Norton).
Epilogue: The Renaissance of the Ancient Concept of Temperament (with a Focus on Affective Temperaments) (Hagop S. Akiskal and Kareen Akiskal).
Hagop S. Asiskal, University of California, San Diego, USA
Juan E. Mezzich, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, USA
Ahmed Okasha, Ain Shams University, Cario, Egypt