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Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual, Second Edition


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Table of Contents

Introduction, Vittorio Lingiardi & Nancy McWilliams
I. Adulthood
1. Personality Syndromes-P Axis, Nancy McWilliams & Jonathan Shedler
2. Profile of Mental Functioning--M Axis, Vittorio Lingiardi & Robert F. Bornstein
3. Symptom Patterns: The Subjective Experiencev-S Axis, Emanuela Mundo & John Allison O'Neil
II. Adolescence
4. Profile of Mental Functioning for Adolescents-MA Axis, Mario Speranza & Nick Midgley
5. Emerging Personality Patterns and Syndromes in Adolescence-PA Axis, Johanna Malone & Norka Malberg
6. Adolescent Symptom Patterns: The Subjective Experience-SA Axis, Mario Speranza
III. Childhood
7. Profile of Mental Functioning for Children-MC Axis, Norka Malberg & Larry Rosenberg
8. Emerging Personality Patterns and Difficulties in Childhood-PC Axis, Norka Malberg & Larry Rosenberg
9. Child Symptom Patterns: The Subjective Experience-SC Axis, Norka Malberg & Larry Rosenberg
IV. Infancy and Early Childhood
10. Mental Health and Developmental Disorders in Infancy and Early Childhood-IEC 0-3, Anna Maria Speranza & Linda Mayes
V. Later Life
11. Introduction to Part V, Franco Del Corno & Daniel Plotkin
12. Profile of Mental Functioning for the Elderly-ME Axis, Franco Del Corno & Daniel Plotkin
13. Personality Patterns and Syndromes in the Elderly-PE Axis, Franco Del Corno & Daniel Plotkin
14. Symptom Patterns in the Elderly: The Subjective Experience-SE Axis, Franco Del Corno & Daniel Plotkin
VI. Assessment and Clinical Illustrations
15. Assessment within the PDM-2 Framework, Sherwood Waldron, Robert M. Gordon, & Francesco Gazzillo
16. Clinical Illustrations and PDM-2 Profiles, Franco Del Corno, Vittorio Lingiardi, & Nancy McWilliams
Appendix. Psychodiagnostic Charts (PDCs)

About the Author

Vittorio Lingiardi, MD, is Full Professor of Dynamic Psychology and past Director (2006-2013) of the Clinical Psychology Specialization Program in the Department of Dynamic and Clinical Psychology of the Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. A psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, his research interests include diagnostic assessment and treatment of personality disorders, process-outcome research in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, and gender identity and sexual orientation. He has published widely on these topics, including articles in the American Journal of Psychiatry, World Psychiatry, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and Psychoanalytic Psychology. Dr. Lingiardi is a recipient of the Ralph Roughton Paper Award from the American Psychoanalytic Association. Nancy McWilliams, PhD, ABPP, is Visiting Professor in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and has a private practice in Flemington, New Jersey. She is on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Psychology and has authored three classic books on psychotherapy, including the award-winning Psychoanalytic Diagnosis, Second Edition: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process. Dr. McWilliams is an Honorary Member of the American Psychoanalytic Association and a former Erikson Scholar at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She is a recipient of the Leadership and Scholarship Awards from Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Hans H. Strupp Award from the Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society, and delivered the Dr. Rosalee G. Weiss Lecture for Outstanding Leaders in Psychology for APA Division 42 (Psychologists in Independent Practice). She has demonstrated psychodynamic psychotherapy in three APA educational videos and has spoken at the commencement ceremonies of the Yale University School of Medicine and the Smith College School for Social Work.


"PDM finally has given clinicians--as well as researchers and theorists--an alternative to DSM, which is largely based on symptom counting. As the editors state, PDM provides a 'taxonomy of people' rather than a 'taxonomy of disorders.' While the first edition was a monumental achievement, the second edition is even more impressive. It is an invaluable resource not only for diagnostic purposes, but also for teaching and research. I recommend this book to anyone--psychologist, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, social worker, or educator--interested in an ecologically valid way of assessing personality and mental functioning."--Morris N. Eagle, PhD, ABPP, Distinguished Educator-in-Residence, School of Graduate Psychology, California Lutheran University

"People are more than their diagnoses. Diagnostic formulations rooted in the diversity and humanity of the people we aim to help and, at the same time, rooted in carefully evaluated empirical evidence represent the real gold standard in our field. This synthesis is precisely what PDM-2 aims for. The book will be of value both to practicing clinicians and to those teaching the next generation to think in ways that combine rigor with empathy for the client's experience."--Paul L. Wachtel, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

"It is quite difficult to achieve agreement on psychiatric diagnosis, and almost impossible to achieve agreement on psychodynamic concepts. The most interesting aspects of human nature are inherently the very hardest to agree upon, because they are also the most idiosyncratic, complicated, buried, and inferential. This heroically ambitious book is a startlingly successful synthesis of the confusing babel of different psychoanalytic tongues. It will improve the daily practice of psychodynamic clinicians, enliven teaching in the field, and contribute to the infant field of psychodynamic research. A labor of love and erudition."--Allen Frances, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Emeritus), Duke University

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