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Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual: (PDM) Paperback – May 28, 2006
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The PDM corrects what has long been the bain of psychologists and psychotherapists, namely, the DSM's prioritising of discreet Axis I disorders over an understanding of how these form a part of a person's overall orientation to self, others and the world. The PDM recognises the personality, both healthy and disordered, (the P Axis) as the basis for understanding psychological problems. It further offers the M Axis, that begins to provide measurable psychodynamic criteria for mental functioning that cuts across personality style. This axis introduces a way of thinking about the developmental (maturational) aspects of our psychology as pivotal to an understanding of psychological disorders. Finally, the PDM in its 3rd S Axis, outlines the Subjective Experience that characterises the typical DSM Axis I-like difficulties. Here the PDM explores affective, cognitive, somatic, and relationship patterns associated with psychological difficulties in a manner evocative of a CBT formulation. In fact, I hope that in future editions, more of the fine cross-sectional formulations that CBT is famous for will find its way into this manual.
Being versed in psychodynamic theory is not a pre-requisite for the use of this manual, although it could help. The PDM has attempted to move beyond and integrate and systematise the divergent streams of knowledge that make up psychodynamic theory today.Read more ›
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great alternative diagnostic msnual to dsm 5 , which misses the boat often...Published 3 months ago by Robert E. Dillon, MS, NP, CARN-AP, FAAPM
The book is a fruit of an immense work done by many teams of psychoanalysts and psychodynamically minded clinicians in the USA, where the problem of co-existence of psychoanalysis... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Paul V. KATCHALOV
This is a brilliant text, but the kindle version has a contents page that is woefully inadequate. Not sure how useful it will be in this form when it will take so long to locate... Read morePublished 10 months ago by May Sahar
A must read for all mental health practitioners. It first describes mental health before providing various dimensions of how such mental health might be compromised. Read morePublished 11 months ago by M. Beier
no need for this book, unless you have to site it for papers. Stick with the DSM 5 :-) I think this book was a great match with the DSM 4 but now, not so much.Published 13 months ago by Jeanne