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Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual: (PDM)
This manual is based on current neuroscience and treatment outcome studies that demonstrate the importance of focusing on the full range and depth of emotional and social functioning. Beginning with a classification of the spectrum of personality patterns and disorders found in individuals and then describing a profile of mental functioning that permits a clinician to look ...more
Paperback, 855 pages
Published May 28th 2006 by Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual
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Jul 28, 2007 Carrie Thomas rated it really liked it
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I find this diagnostic manual to be reductionistic just like I find the DSM to be reductionistic. It also is more of an Ego Psychology manual and speaks from that paradigm when discussing diagnosis, which leaves the rest of the Psychodynamic community and their thoughts and contributions out. It's only slightly better than the DSM and it does nothing but give a small bit of lip service to diversity and multiculturalism and the impact that would have on how one looks at their clients. I understan ...more
The most accessible psychodynamic reference manual currently in print. It provides the historical context of the most commonly seen diagnosis, confronts the shortcomings of the EVT movement, and promotes a conceptual framework that is sympathetic to the concept of overdetermination. My copy is already well worn.