Understanding personality disorder has never been easy, and in the past, the old classifications didn't help, being complicated and confused. Now, new classifications of personality disorder have been drawn up by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to make PD easier to diagnose and to treat. This book, by the chair of the advisory body for the WHO, presents simpler definitions of personality disorder, in line with the forthcoming International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) in 2018. This book is for those who've been diagnosed with PD, and for family, friends and carers who want to understand more about PD, specifically, how to cope, and how to best help the person and ensure he or she gets the right treatment. It explains how to recognize the various types of PD, and presents valuable advice on dealing with them from a world expert on PD.
Peter Tyrer is Professor of Community Psychiatry at Imperial College, London, and an expert in personality disorder. He is Chair of the Work Group for Revision of Classification of Personality Disorders (ICD-11), World Health Organisation. He is author of several books, including Coping with Stress, Sheldon Press, has written extensively for medical journals, and has featured in newspapers such as The Guardian. In 2015 he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in recognition of his research and clinical practice.
Topics include: What is personality disorder? Why the older definitions didn't work The new classifications - from mild to severe How to recognize PD - case studies Differentiating PD from conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia Associated problems such as problem drinking Relationships and rejection Effective coping skills for families and friends - setting boundaries, asserting your needs Can you persuade them to have treatment? (psychological and medication) Specialist treatment for PD - `nidotherapy' (adjusting the environment to make it less stressful for the person with PD) Taking your life back - a life of your own Safety for yourself and your children"