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Resolving Difficult Clinical Syndromes: A Personalized Psychotherapy Approach

ISBN: 978-0-471-71770-6
288 pages
April 2007
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A revolutionary, personalized psychotherapy approach for the treatment of Axis I clinical disorders, by renowned expert Dr. Theodore Millon

Acknowledging the primacy of the whole person, Resolving Difficult Clinical Syndromes: A Personalized Psychotherapy Approach takes into account all of the complexities of human nature--family influences, culture, neurobiological processes, unconscious memories, and so on--illustrating that no part of human nature should lie outside the scope of a clinician's regard.

Part of a three-book series, Resolving Difficult Clinical Syndromes: A Personalized Psychotherapy Approach provides you with a unique combination of conceptual background and step-by-step practical advice to guide your treatment of Axis I clinical disorders.

Detailed case studies are provided throughout the text to illustrate the strategies of personalized psychotherapy for:
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Mood-Related Syndromes: Dysthymic, Major Depressive, and Bipolar Disorders
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Acute, Post-Traumatic, and Generalized Anxiety Syndromes
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Anxiety-Related Psychological Syndromes: Phobic, Dissociative, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
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Anxiety-Related Physical Syndromes: Somatoform and Conversion Disorders
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Cognitive Dysfunction Syndromes: Substance-Related and Schizophrenia-Spectrum Disorders

Destined to become an essential reference for trainees and professionals, this book makes a revolutionary call to return therapy to the natural reality of each patient's life, seamlessly guiding you in understanding the personality and treatment of the whole, unique, yet complex person who exhibits a notable clinical syndrome.
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Preface ix

Part One

CHAPTER 1 The Wisdom of Personalized Therapy 3

Part Two

CHAPTER 2 Personalized Therapy of Mood-Related Syndromes: Dysthymic, Major Depressive, and Bipolar Disorders 81

CHAPTER 3 Personalized Therapy of Acute, Posttraumatic, and Generalized Anxiety Syndromes 115

CHAPTER 4 Personalized Therapy of Anxiety-Related Psychological Syndromes: Phobic, Dissociative, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders 153

CHAPTER 5 Personalized Therapy of Anxiety-Related Physical Syndromes: Somatoform and Conversion Disorders 191

CHAPTER 6 Personalized Therapy of Cognitive Dysfunction Syndromes: Substance-Related and Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders 221

References 253

Index 265

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Theodore Millon, PhD, DSc, formerly professor at Harvard Medical School and the University of Miami, is currently Dean and Scientific Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Personology and Psychopathology in Coral Gables, Florida. Dr. Millon is one of the world's leading authorities on psychopathology and personality disorders. Developer of the widely used Millon personality assessment inventories, he has been the editor of the Journal of Personality Disorders, President of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, and a key member of the DSM-III and DSM-IV Task Forces.

Seth Grossman, PsyD, is a codeveloper of several personality inventories, and coauthor of numerous theoretical, research, and clinical papers with Dr. Millon. He is also the coauthor with Dr. Millon of Personality Disorders in Modern Life, Second Edition (Wiley).

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•  Eases inclusion of personality considerations now considered a critical component of good care, into treatment plans.

•  Inclusion of both conceptual and practical material provides an all-in-one resource for clinicians.

•  Includes many case studies to illuminate strategies. 

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"[Provides] an excellent and thoughtfully constructed model."
—John Edward Ruark (PsycCRITIQUES, February 2008)

"Theodore Millon and his colleague Seth Grossman have been key players in the assessment and treatment of personality disorders for decades. They accurately describe the current state of affairs in psychotherapy practice, in which therapists trained in and committed to a single approach, tend to observe patients through only one lens and to adopt a one-size-fits-all strategy for treatment. This volume definitely made me look forward to its promised successors." (PsycCRITIQUES, February 27, 2008)

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