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Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual, Second Edition (PDM-2) by Vittorio Lingiardi

Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual, Second Edition (PDM-2)


Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual, Second Edition (PDM-2) by Vittorio Lingiardi

Now completely revised (over 90% new), this is the authoritative diagnostic manual grounded in psychodynamic clinical models and theories. Explicitly oriented toward case formulation and treatment planning, PDM-2 offers practitioners an empirically based, clinically useful alternative or supplement to DSM and ICD categorical diagnoses. Leading international authorities systematically address personality functioning and psychological problems of infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age, including clear conceptualizations and illustrative case examples. Purchasers get access to a companion website where they can find additional case illustrations and download and print five reproducible PDM-derived rating scales in a convenient 8 1/2 x 11 size. New to This Edition *Significant revisions to all chapters, reflecting a decade of clinical, empirical, and methodological advances. *Chapter with extended case illustrations, including complete PDM profiles. *Separate section on older adults (the first classification system with a geriatric section). *Extensive treatment of psychotic conditions and the psychotic level of personality organization. *Greater attention to issues of culture and diversity, and to both the clinician's and patient's subjectivity. *Chapter on recommended assessment instruments, plus reproducible/downloadable diagnostic tools. *In-depth comparisons to DSM-5 and ICD-10-CM throughout. Sponsoring associations include the International Psychoanalytical Association, Division 39 of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy, the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work, and five other organizations.


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

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.

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Publication date

14th July 2017


Vittorio Lingiardi

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Guilford Publications


1078 pages


Psychoanalytical theory (Freudian psychology)



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