Authors' comments: This document, Understanding Personality Disorders, has been about two years in the making. Over time, and many drafts later, it has grown in size and scope beyond the original core document authored by Dr. Hoermann. Additional contributions by Drs. Zupanick and Dombeck were added as we collectively sought to provide readers a deeper and truly meaningful understanding of personality disorders to include an understanding of the complicated theoretical frameworks that support contemporary and effective treatments. The scope and magnitude of these many revisions resulted in Drs. Zupanick and Dombeck becoming co-authors rather than editors, though this was certainly not our original intention. New research developments will continue to improve our understanding of these very troubling disorders and so we consider this a living document that will continue to be revised and expanded. A new diagnostic manual will be published in a few years (DSM-V) and it is expected there will be significant changes with respect to personality disorder diagnoses. Although we recognize we have not done justice to the entirety of this subject matter, we felt it was time for it to be published. As always, we welcome our readers' feedback and suggestions for future expansion and revision.
What is a Personality Disorder?
The term "Personality Disorder" implies there is something not-quite-right about someone's personality. However,...
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