Handbook of Diagnosis and Treatment of DSM-5 Personality Disorders: Assessment, Case Conceptualization, and Treatment, Third Edition
Reviewed by Pankaj Kishore, MD (Private Practice, Albany, New York). October 2018.
1. About 50 percent of patients who seek mental health treatment has a personality disorder. Personality disorders are that common!
2. Contrary to what some clinicians may believe, personality disorders CAN be treated.
3. We can screen for these disorders even in busy clinical practices by using “one optimal diagnostic criterion” for each personality disorder.
These are some of the many points that Len Sperry, PhD, makes in this book. Dr. Sperry is an expert in personality disorders and has been researching, publishing and giving talks on the subject for the past thirty years.
The text of the book is clear and easy to understand. Though Sperry supports a dimensional approach to personality disorders, he does describe the ten DSM-5 personality disorders. He shows in this book how different theoretical orientations, like psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and others can be used to understand and treat personality disorders. He offers practical strategies that we can implement right away in our clinical practices.
Overall, I recommend this book highly. It is a very useful, practical guide for clinicians.
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