Chapter 1 – How to spot personality disorder

chapter-1The focus of this chapter is the identification and assessment of personality disorder (PD). The chapter starts by offering a working definition of PD, followed by an overview of some of the more technical and controversial issues about PD and its diagnosis. This discussion includes a brief overview of the most commonly used approaches to assessing PD, as well as the current diagnostic systems and individual diagnoses. The chapter concludes with practical advice on how PD may be identified from a practitioner’s perspective.