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Personality Disorder: Temperament or Trauma?

by Heather Castillo Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Pbk 224 pages
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Personality Disorder (PD) is one of the most difficult psychological conditions to classify and treat and in the past literature on the subject has tended to neglect the invaluable viewpoint of sufferers themselves. Drawing on extensive research carried out in conjunction with service users, Heather Castillo seeks to emphasise the need for health professionals to reassess their approach to the condition and allows those with PD to effectively define themselves and their illness.

1. Dreaming of a better way. 2. A Historical perspective. 3. The disliked patient. 4. Personality development. 5. Complex post traumatic syndrome. 6. Treatability. 7. Is suffering an illness? 8. Getting our act together. 9. The task. 10. Demographics and themes. 11. What personality disorder means to us. 12. Experiences. 13. The moral career of the client. 14. The diagnostic straightjacket. 15. Spreading the word. 16. New beginnings. Index.

An insight into the trauma behind the behaviour to (hopefully) inform future service development.
Heather Castillo is the Advocacy Service Manager for Colchester Mind. She has worked for eleven years in Mind Organisations, developing Advocacy for adults with mental health problems.