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Personality Disorders

Personality Disorders

Mario Maj (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-09038-1

Nov 2005

536 pages


This 8th volume of the WPA series in Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry provides an update of research evidence and clinical experience concerning personality disorders.

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.

List of Review Contributors.


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).


"This well-ordered text by a world-wide collection of experts provides an authoritative exploration of these common and misunderstood conditions." (Electric Review, November/December 2005)

"…clearly well researched and reasonably organized…" (Doody's Health Services)