Understanding Personality Disorders

Diagnostic Criteria for 301.81 Narcissistic Personality Disorder A pervasive
pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of
empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as
indicated ...

Author: Duane L. Dobbert

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442206969

Category: Psychology

Page: 168

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People with personality disorders are all around us, though many times we're not aware of those who are overly paranoid, obsessive-compulsive, antisocial, or overly dependent until it's too late. Indeed, many sufferers aren't aware themselves of their disorders and often go undiagnosed and untreated, leading to problems in their personal and professional lives. Here, Dobbert offers an introduction to the most common personality disorders, and a guide for those who work, live, or come in contact with sufferers on a daily basis.

Understanding Personality Disorders

While it may seem as though the DSM has done a very tidy job of classifying the
10 personality disorders, many mental health experts disagree. For starters, it is
not unusual for someone to experience more than one personality disorder.

Author: Christine Krolewicz

Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC

ISBN: 1534567445

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 104

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Personality disorders are so widely misunderstood that most people who live with them never receive help. This book explores the age-old question of "What is 'normal'?" to help young adults understand where the line is drawn between healthy and disordered personalities. Mental health experts' current understanding of personality disorders, including causes and treatments, is explained in this engaging text, supplemented with informative sidebars and full-color photographs. Readers will develop an understanding of what it is like to live with a personality disorder or be close to someone who does, gaining a sense of hope as they read.

Wounded Personalities

" In this book, Gregory has managed to synthesize all the pieces of his growing understanding of these personality disorders, beginning with an understanding of the vital importance of attachment and empathy to the growing child and the ...

Author: Gregory Pacana

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781530105700

Category: Personality disorders

Page: 128

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"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." Frederick Douglass This book focuses on an area in abnormal psychology known as "personality disorders." In both psychology and psychiatry, personality disorders are a special kind of mental health condition. This book takes a sensitive thoughtful approach to the subject of personality disorders. Psychiatrists use terms such as narcissist, borderline, schizoid, and histrionic to describe types of dysfunctional human personalities. What do these terms mean and what distinguishes these individuals from the rest of us? This book explores these personality types, and others, in term of behaviors, traits, and thought processes. In addition, it seeks to explain the possible roots of these unique disorders. Borderline Narcissism Histrionic Schizoid Avoidant Dependent Self-Defeating Codependency "Wounded Personalities" seeks to explain what is meant by the psychological concept "personality disorder." In this book, Gregory has managed to synthesize all the pieces of his growing understanding of these personality disorders, beginning with an understanding of the vital importance of attachment and empathy to the growing child and the poisonous effect of shame to the developing Self. He explains the various signs of personality disorders in a way that helps us to recognize these traits in others or in ourselves.He also explains the process of healing that must occur if we are to allow ourselves to develop in healthier ways.His explanations are clear and aimed at helping the general population to understand this very complex aspect of mental health. Edward Livingston Hicks, M.D. Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst

Handbook of Personality Disorders

How does cognitive therapy's view of psychopathology apply to understanding
personality disorders? ... which they operate, the cognitive perspective helps us
understand his or her reactions in specific situations, but this does not explain the

Author: Jeffrey J. Magnavita

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 047148234X

Category: Psychology

Page: 600

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This comprehensive reference, edited by one of the leading experts in the field, assimilates the newest and most effective treatment techniques for the personality disorders. Each chapter is written by leading scholars in the Cognitive-Behavior, Humanistic and Integrative theoretical models. In addition to a detailed case example in each chapter, additional case studies are integrated and used throughout.

Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder

1 • The Borderline Diagnosis Concepts , Criteria , and Controversies Andrew E.
Skodol , M.D. Borderline personality disorder ( BPD ) is a complex and serious
mental disorder . It is estimated to occur in 1 % -2 % of the general population ...

Author: John G. Gunderson

Publisher: American Psychiatric Pub

ISBN: 9781585626571

Category: Medical

Page: 192

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Understanding and Treating Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide for Professionals and Families offers both a valuable update for mental health professionals and much-needed information and encouragement for BPD patients and their families and friends. The editors of this eminently practical and accessible text have brought together the wide-ranging and updated perspectives of 15 recognized experts who discuss topics such as A new understanding of BPD, suggesting that individuals may be genetically prone to developing BPD and that certain stressful events may trigger its onset New evidence for the success of various forms of psychotherapy, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), in reducing self-injury, drug dependence, and days in the hospital for some groups of people with BPD Pharmacology research showing that the use of specific medications can relieve the cognitive, affective, and impulsive symptoms experienced by individuals with BPD, as part of a comprehensive psychosocial treatment plan New resources for families to help them deal with the dysregulated emotions of their loved ones with BPD and to build effective support systems for themselves Yet much remains to be done. Research on BPD is 20 to 30 years behind that on other major psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Despite evidence to the contrary, much of the professional literature on BPD continues to focus on childhood trauma, abuse, and neglect as triggers for BPD -- to the detriment of both patient and family. Families of people with BPD must deal with an array of burdens in coping with the illness, often without basic information. The chapters on families and BPD give voice to the experience of BPD from the perspective of individuals and family members, and offer the hope that family involvement in treatment will be beneficial to everyone. Above all, this book is about the partnership between mental health professionals and families affected by BPD, and about how such a partnership can advance our understanding and treatment of this disorder and provide hope for the future.

Clinical Assessment and Management of Severe Personality Disorders

Another useful approach to understanding personality disorders is outlined in
Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders ( Beck and Freeman 1990 ) , which
discusses the relations among beliefs , attitudes , and behavior as emanating
from ...

Author: Paul S. Links

Publisher: American Psychiatric Pub

ISBN: 9780880484886

Category: Medical

Page: 231

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Clinical Assessment and Management of Severe Personality Disorders (Clinical Practice 35) offers the clinician working in the community a practicable approach to the treatment of patients with personality disorders. Clearly written, with minimal use of jargon, this book focuses on issues relevant to the clinician in private practice, including the diagnosis of a wide range of personality disorders and alternative management approaches. Recognizing patients with a personality disorder, differentiating one disorder from another, and using psychological tests in the diagnosis and treatment of personality disorders are among the clinical assessment issues covered. Two commonly encountered issues -- the assessment and management of patients using a neuropsychiatric approach and treatment of patients with comorbid symptoms and personality disorders -- are discussed. This book takes a broad approach to the management of personality disorders, moving beyond individual dynamic psychotherapy as the only treatment option. Pharmacological management of patients with personality disorders and differential management for patients in various settings are described. A discussion of the etiological impact and implications of early life experiences on the patient offers valuable insight for psychotherapeutic management. Clinicians are also provided with a useful framework for interacting and intervening with the families of patients with personality disorders.

The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Workbook for Personality Disorders

A Step-by-Step Program Jeffrey C. Wood. part I Understanding Personality
Disorders Part I Understanding Personality Disorders.

Author: Jeffrey C. Wood

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications

ISBN: 1608826031

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

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Symptoms of personality disorders may seem to differ widely, but all personality disorders are characterized by entrenched patterns of thinking and behavior. Chances are, if you have a personality disorder, you face feelings of uncertainty about your future and experience ongoing conflicts with your loved ones every day. These patterns may seem impossible to change, but if you're ready to overcome your symptoms and create a more balanced life, you can. The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Workbook for Personality Disorders is packed with exercises and worksheets that enable you to put an end to the self-defeating thoughts that hold you back. Based in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), a proven-effective treatment for personality disorders, this workbook can help you reconnect with life by teaching you a set of key skills for overcoming difficulties associated with the eleven most common personality disorders. You'll learn stress reduction, relaxation, and emotion regulation techniques, and how best to communicate and cope with others while keeping your personality-disorder-related behaviors in check.

Personality Disorders

Publications and research continue, but the field is not really moving forward.
Progress in understanding personality disorders is currently paralyzed by a
pervasive reluctance or resistance to face fundamental questions about human

Author: William O'Donohue

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781412904223

Category: Psychology

Page: 398

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This work offers an evaluation of competing theoretical perspectives and nosological systems for personality disorders. The editors have brought together recognized authorities in the field to offer a synthesis of competing perspectives that provide readers with an assessment for each disorder. The result is a comprehensive, current, and critical summary of research and practice guidelines related to the personality disorders. Key Features focuses on controversies and alternative conceptualizations; separate chapters are dedicated to each personality disorder and considered from various points of view. It presents authoritative perspectives; leading scholars and researchers in the field provide a critical evaluation of alternative perspectives on each personality disorder. And it frames the current state of personality disorder research and practice issues; cutting edge and streamlined research is presented to be used in courses on diagnosis, assessment, psychopathology and abnormal psychology, especially those that include the DSM IV. It also offers an integrative understanding of elusive personality categorizations; wherever possible, case examples are offered as illustrations of each disorders clinical presentation. The use of technical terms are minimized; each contributor takes the approach of a user friendly summary and integration of major trends, findings, and future directions.

Personality Disorders

understanding. of. personality. and. its. development. • Western medicine has
long recognized that personality is a ... predominantly psychotherapeutic
approach to personality disorder treatment • Emerging biological evidence
identifies both ...

Author: Giles Newton-Howes

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199688389

Category: Medical

Page: 80

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A practical guide to personality disorders, this pocketbook is written with clinical utility in mind. Case examples and a focus on evidence based treatments will give busy health professionals confidence when diagnosing and treating patients with personality disorders. Clear and concise, thisbook provides practical advice highlighted with useful "key points" so that readers can find information quickly and easily. Personality Disorders outlines the principles of management, with a focus on pharmacological, psychotherapeutic, and social interventions. Personality disorder is an area of psychiatry with much confusion and controversy, and Dr Newton-Howes explores the current understanding of the field, including where there are gaps. Informed by the classification systems in ICD-10 and DSM-5, this book will serve as a practical reference forpsychiatrists, psychiatric trainees, clinical psychologists, GPs with a special interest in mental health, and other mental health professionals.

Treatment of Personality Disorders

3 The Implications of Recent Research on the Etiology and Stability of
Personality and Personality Disorder for Treatment W. ... psychology,
behaviorgenetics, and evolutionary psychology have contributed to our
understanding the condition.

Author: Jan J.L. Derksen

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1475768761

Category: Medical

Page: 307

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It has been almost twenty years since DSM-III created a major shift in psychi atric classification procedures and in diagnostic and treatment practice by introducing the multi-axial system and, for our patients specifically, the Axis II: Personality Disorders. Researchers and clinicians were forced to focus on many issues related to the field of personality and its disorders. This meant an immense impetus for research, both empirical and theoretical. Many recent developments are described in this book, as reviews or as original articles. This book also covers developments in Europe as well as in North America. Important questions still remain unanswered, such as: What is the relationship between the different clusters: A, B, & C? Are we talking about dimensions, categories, or typologies? What can be done for patients who have more than one personality disorder? Is a pro typical approach required? Consequently, is a multiconceptual approach in treatment and research required? The authors contribute to this discus sion and provide guidelines for further thinking in research and treatment planning. For clinicians, it is of major importance to know whether the disorder can be influ enced by treatment, and whether permanent change is really possible. A very impor tant question is whether a person indeed has a personality disorder, and how this diagnosis affects clinical practice.

Cognitive Therapy for Personality Disorders

In the past twenty or so years, more thorough and systematic study of personality
disorders has increased our knowledge and understanding. Personality
disorders are now known to be common and many individuals with personality
disorders ...

Author: Kate Davidson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134119461

Category: Psychology

Page: 208

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It is increasingly recognized that a significant number of individuals with personality disorders can benefit from therapy. In this new edition - based on the treatment of over a hundred patients with antisocial and borderline personality disorders - Kate Davidson demonstrates that clinicians using cognitive therapy can reduce a patient’s tendency to deliberately self-harm and to harm others; it also improves their psychological well-being. Case studies and therapeutic techniques are described as well as current evidence from research trials for this group of patients. Cognitive Therapy for Personality Disorders provides a thorough description of how to apply cognitive behavioural therapy to patients who are traditionally regarded as being difficult to treat: those with borderline personality disorders and those with antisocial personality disorders. The book contains detailed descriptions and strategies of how to: formulate a case within the cognitive model of personality disorders overcome problems encountered when treating personality disordered patients understand how therapy may develop over a course of treatment. This clinician’s guide to cognitive behavioural therapy in the treatment of borderline and antisocial personality disorder will be essential reading for psychiatrists, clinical and counselling psychologists, therapists, mental health nurses, and students on associated training courses.

Personality Disorders in Modern Life

However, behavioral theorists have gone far toward rediscovering personality.
The relationship among ... Understanding personality disorders requires an
understanding of their role in the study of abnormal behavior. Diagnostic criteria
are the ...

Author: Theodore Millon

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118428811

Category: Psychology

Page: 624

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A revision of the leading textbook on personality disorders by renowned expert Theodore Millon "Personalities are like impressionistic paintings. At a distance, each person is 'all of a piece'; up close, each is a bewildering complexity of moods, cognitions, and motives." -Theodore Millon Exploring the continuum from normal personality traits to the diagnosis and treatment of severe cases of personality disorders, Personality Disorders in Modern Life, Second Edition is unique in its coverage of both important historical figures and contemporary theorists in the field. Its content spans all the major disorders-Antisocial, Avoidant, Depressive, Compulsive, Histrionic, Narcissistic, Paranoid, Schizoid, and Borderline-as well as their many subtypes. Attention to detail and in-depth discussion of the subtleties involved in these debilitating personality disorders make this book an ideal companion to the DSM-IV(TM). Fully updated with the latest research and theory, this important text features: Discussion of the distinctive clinical features and developmental roots of personality disorders Balanced coverage of the major theoretical perspectives-biological, psychodynamic, interpersonal, cognitive, and evolutionary Individual chapters on all DSM-IV(TM) personality disorders and their several subtypes and mixtures Case studies throughout the text that bring to life the many faces of these disorders Including a new assessment section that singles out behavioral indicators considered to have positive predictive power for the disorders, this Second Edition also includes a special focus on developmental, gender, and cultural issues specific to each disorder. A comprehensive reference suitable for today's practitioners, Personality Disorders in Modern Life, Second Edition features a clear style that also makes it a valuable resource for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. The most thorough book of its kind, this Second Edition is a powerful, practical resource for all trainees and professionals in key mental health fields, such as psychology, social work, and nursing.

Handbook of Personality Disorders

We describe one mensions of personality difficulties , both as an model of
individual differences in attachment ... work for understanding personality
pathology and dimensional models of personality disorder independent of any
claims of ...

Author: W. John Livesley

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 9781572306295

Category: Psychology

Page: 626

View: 905

This authoritative work comprehensively reviews what is known about personality disorders, including vital information to guide clinical decision making. Leading experts synthesize contemporary thinking about the classification, etiologies, and development of these complex disorders. Diagnostic issues are explored, and available assessment instruments are discussed. The Handbook provides in-depth coverage of all commonly used psychotherapeutic and pharmacological treatments, with particular attention to the empirical evidence for each approach. Also addressed are special treatment modalities, such as day programs and group therapy, and forensic issues.

A Developmental Model of Borderline Personality Disorder

This book will help practitioners develop understanding and empathy for these patients by illuminating the disorder to help interpret its causes and course.

Author: Patricia Hoffman Judd

Publisher: American Psychiatric Pub

ISBN: 9781585627417

Category: Medical

Page: 248

View: 825

Patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) are among the most challenging patients for clinicians to treat. Their behaviors and emotions can shift abruptly. As a result, these patients can seem like therapeutic moving targets, and improvement can be vexingly slow. A Developmental Model of Borderline Personality Disorder is a landmark work on this difficult condition. The book emphasizes a developmental approach to BPD based on an in-depth study of inpatients at Chestnut Lodge in Rockville, Maryland, during the years 1950 through 1975 and the authors' thirty years of clinical and supervisory experience. Using information gleaned from the original clinical notes and follow-up studies, the authors present four intriguing case studies to chart the etiology, long-term course, and clinical manifestations of BPD. With three main parts that cover theory, case examples, and practical strategies for treatment, A Developmental Model of Borderline Personality Disorder Introduces the reader to a multidimensional and integrated etiologic model of BPD to inform treatment Helps clinicians develop the understanding and empathy needed to deal with difficult patient behaviors Gives strategies for designing psychotherapy in tandem with psychosocial services to help patients with BPD improve or sustain functioning in the community A Developmental Model of Borderline Personality Disorder combines rich clinical case descriptions with an integrated theoretical model that captures the complexities of BPD. The first resource to chart BPD over the long term in such depth, this book is a first-rate clinical resource that reads like a novel, illuminating the disorder to help interpret its causes and course. It will inspire and encourage clinicians, along with patients and their family members, to strive for success in treating this difficult disease.

Identifying and Understanding the Narcissistic Personality

in which the personality features can sometimes be used positively to aid
outcome of treatment” (p. 254). A recent thought-provoking longitudinal study of
the relationship of the near neighbor BPD to depressive disorder (Gunderson et.
al, ...

Author: Elsa F. Ronningstam

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198033967

Category: Psychology

Page: 256

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Narcissists have been much maligned, but according to clinicians who study personality, there are many productive narcissists who succeed spectacularly well in life because they can articulate a vision and make others follow. Elsa Ronningstam, who has been studying and treating narcissists for 20 years, presents a balanced, comprehensive, and up-to-date review of our understanding of narcissistic personality disorder, explaining the range from personality trait, which can be productive, to full-blown disorder, which can be highly destructive. Through fascinating case histories, Ronningstam shows us the inner life of narcissists, the tug of war that exists within them between self-confidence and arrogance on the one hand and painful shame and insecurity on the other. It is the first integrated clinical and empirical guide to assist clinicians in their work with narcissistic patients.

Companion to Psychiatric Studies E Book

Personality disorders as a group of conditions have for many decades been
recognised and included in the various ... The current categorical approach to
diagnosis does not fit with the dimensional approach to understanding
personality that ...

Author: Eve C Johnstone

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 1455725285

Category: Medical

Page: 864

View: 586

* 2011 BMA Book Awards - Highly Commended in Psychiatry * A new edition of a classic textbook now published for the first time with colour. Covering the entire subject area [both basic sciences and clinical practice] in an easily accessible manner, the book is ideal for psychiatry trainees, especially candidates for postgraduate psychiatry exams, and qualified psychiatrists. New edition of a classic text with a strongly evidenced-based approach to both the basic sciences and clinical psychiatry Contains useful summary boxes to allow rapid access to complex information Comprehensive and authoritative resource written by contributors to ensure complete accuracy and currency of information Logical and accessible writing style gives ready access to key information Ideal for MRCPsych candidates and qualified psychiatrists Expanded section on psychology – including social psychology – to reflect the latest MRCPych examination format Discussion of capacity and its relationship to new legislation Text updated in full to reflect the new Mental Health Acts Relevant chapters now include discussion of core competencies and the practical skills required for the MRCPsych examination Includes a section on the wider role of the psychiatrist – including teaching and supervision, lifelong learning, and working as part of a multidisciplinary team (including dealing with conflict, discipline and complaints) Includes new chapter on transcultural aspects of psychiatry Enhanced discussion of the use of the best current management options, both pharmacological and psychotherapeutic, the latter including CBT (including its use in the treatment of psychosis) and group, couple and family therapy.

Personality Disorders

Commentaries 2.1 Understanding the Antisocial Personality Disorder and
Psychopathy Professional Literature Carl B. Gacono ? Before discussing
antisocial personality , one must define the disorder . Two issues essential to
understanding ...

Author: Mario Maj

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470090367

Category: Medical

Page: 515

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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.

Handbook of Interpersonal Psychology

23. PERSONALITY. DISORDERS. John. F. Clarkin. Kenneth. N. Levy. William. D.
Ellison. FIGURE 23.1 An Object Relations ... being is essential to understanding
personality and the personality disorders (Andersen & Chen, 2002; Clark, 2007).

Author: Leonard M. Horowitz

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470881071

Category: Psychology

Page: 750

View: 344

Modern interpersonal psychology is now at a point where recent advances need to be organized so that researchers, practitioners, and students can understand what is new, different, and state-of-the art. This field-defining volume examines the history of interpersonal psychology and explores influential theories of normal-abnormal behaviors, widely-used assessment measures, recent methodological advances, and current interpersonal strategies for changing problematic behaviors. Featuring original contributions from field luminaries including Aaron Pincus, John Clarkin, David Buss, Louis Castonguay, and Theodore Millon, this cutting-edge volume will appeal to academicians, professionals, and students interested in the study of normal and abnormal interpersonal behavior.

Straight A s in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

disorders Pervasive pattern of ... Long - standing problems in personal
relationships • Reduced occupational functioning Personality disorder clusters •
Cluster A ...


Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

ISBN: 9781582554488

Category: Medical

Page: 371

View: 565

Straight A's in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing is an excellent review for the NCLEX® and for psychiatric-mental health nursing courses from the LPN through the BSN level. It follows the unique and highly visual two-column Straight A's format—an in-depth outline review in the inner column and a quick-scanning key points refresher in the outer column. Logos include "Top 10" Lists that save students time before exams and Time-Out for Teaching that provides tips on patient teaching. The book and bound-in CD-ROM contain hundreds of NCLEX®-style questions, including alternate-format questions, along with answers and rationales.

Personality Disorders

Personality. Disorders. 5. Personality disorders begin in childhood and continue
into adulthood. For this reason, it is often difficult ... The goal of clinician-
researchers is to take a biopsychosocial perspective in understanding mental

Author: Heather Barnett Veague

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438118392

Category: Personality disorders

Page: 116

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Explores today's most common psychological disorders by examining their symptoms, causes, and effects; highlights the brain chemistry behind the disorders; and demonstrates how various treatments affect the brain to help ease or eliminate symptoms.