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Broken Structures : Severe Personality Disorders and Their Treatment - Salman Akhtar

Broken Structures

Severe Personality Disorders and Their Treatment

Hardcover Published: 28th January 1992
ISBN: 9780876685389
Number Of Pages: 440

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In this book, Salman Akhtar integrates psychiatry and psychoanalysis to present deeper and sounder clinical profiles of the personality disorders than have been hitherto available. He presents a comprehensive review of narcissistic, borderline, schizoid, paranoid, hypermanic, antisocial, histrionic, and schizotypal personality disorders. Then he synthesises the treatment approaches of both the descriptive and dynamic viewpoints. This book should be a valuable resource for every clinician dealing with these problems.

This outstanding book by Dr. Akhtar offers a fresh and novel classification of severe personality disorders. He meticulously outlines the characteristics of each of the severe personality disorders and desribes in encyclopedic fashion the technical issues pertaining to their treatment, making this book a valuable desk reference for students as well as for seasoned clinicians. -- Vamik D. Volkan, University of Virginia, author of "Enemies on the Couch: A Psychopolitical Journey Through War and Peace" This encyclopedic text is most impressive in its ability to organize all the personality disorders in a modern dimensional system while still retaining the nosological categories that emphasize the centrality of identity disturbances and splitting for the more severe forms. Utilizing his wide net of past and present papers and a clear and very readable style, Akhtar has combined the descriptive and dynamic without sacrificing depth of conceptualization for clarity. A wonderful work. -- Melvin Singer

Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
Identity
Identity and Its Originsp. 3
The Syndrome of Identity Diffusionp. 25
The Personality Disorders
Narcissistic Personality Disorderp. 45
Borderline Personality Disorderp. 79
Schizoid Personality Disorderp. 121
Paranoid Personality Disorderp. 149
Hypomanic Personality Disorderp. 177
Antisocial Personality Disorderp. 201
Histrionic and Schizotypal Personality Disordersp. 247
Psychotherapy
Initial Evaluation and Early Treatment Decisionsp. 275
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapyp. 309
Coda
Summary, Conclusion, and Recommendationsp. 355
Referencesp. 377
Creditsp. 409
Indexp. 411
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ISBN: 9780876685389
ISBN-10: 0876685386
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 440
Published: 28th January 1992
Publisher: JASON ARONSON INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.83 x 15.7  x 3.61
Weight (kg): 0.77