Personality Disorders

People suffering from personality disorders experience a mental disorder that effects their overall thoughts, behaviour, well-being, work-home-family life and interpersonal relationships. It is common for anyone, at any time to experience a range of emotions, including fear, anger, excitement, and even anxiety. However, those who have the traits of personality disorders will experience far more unstable and severe patterns of behaviour, include hostility, irritability, fearfulness, or an impulsive, manipulative, emotional or violent nature. In the case of personality disorders, these behaviours are intense, and at times, can accompany drug or alcohol use, eating disorders, sexual disorders or suicidal thoughts or attempts. Are you questioning if your own behaviour, or that of a child, friend, or family member, resembles that of a personality disorder? Are you looking for resources to help you diagnose or form a treatment plan? Or information, guidance, or community support to help you face challenges brought on by a personality disorder? We are here to provide you with the resources you need.

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Severe Personality Disorders

Psychotherapeutic Strategies

In this important book, one of the world's foremost psychoanalysts provides the clinician with tools to diagnose and treat severe cases of personality disorder, including borderline and narcissistic structures. Dr. Kernberg not only describes techniques he has found useful in clinical practice but also further develops theories formulated in his previous work and critically reviews other recent contributions. "A splendid book . . . of great value for anyone involved in psychotherapy with patients suffering from one or another variety of personality disorder, as well as for anyone who is teaching or doing research in this field. . . . An outstandingly fine and valuable book.--Harold F. Searles, M.D., Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease "Kernberg is a synthesizing, creative eclectic on the contemporary psychoanalytic and psychodynamic scene, broadly based in theory and in practice, a powerful intelligence, a prolific writer, and a man of ideas....This is a challenging and provocative book."--Alan A. Stone, M.D., American Journal of Psychiatry "A major work that brings together in one volume a host of clinical insights into people with a variety of severe personality disorders.... Anyone who has attempted to work with patients with severe personality disorders will be rewarding by studying this book." --Robert D. Gillman, Psychoanalytic Quarterly

Personality Disorders

A Practical Guide

This new addition to the Practical Guides in Psychiatry series is a clinically oriented pocket guide to diagnosis and treatment of personality disorders. Using the conversational style and case vignettes found in all Practical Guides in Psychiatry titles, Dr. Berman addresses every category of personality disorder. The first section discusses the various types of personality disorders. The second section discusses those that coexist with other major psychiatric disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder. The third section focuses specifically on treatment issues. Among the issues discussed are how gender, culture, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, somatoform disorders, and medical conditions intersect with personality disorders. The Practical Guides in Psychiatry series provides quick, concise information for professionals on the front lines of mental health care. Written in an easy-to-read, conversational style, these invaluable resources take you through each step of the psychiatric care process, delivering fast facts and helpful strategies that help you provide effective and compassionate care to your patients.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Personality Disorders

A Clinical Handbook

This book includes the work of 22 contributing writers in addition to the three primary authors, John F. Clarkin, Ph.D., Peter Fonagy, Ph.D., and Glen O. Gabbard, M.D. Each contributor has extensive clinical experience, and some also have research experience, with the assessment and treatment of specific personality disorders.

Handbook of Personality Disorders

Theory, Research, and Treatment

This authoritative work comprehensively reviews what is known about personality disorders, including vital information to guide clinical decision making. Leading experts synthesize contemporary thinking about the classification, etiologies, and development of these complex disorders. Diagnostic issues are explored, and available assessment instruments are discussed. The Handbook provides in-depth coverage of all commonly used psychotherapeutic and pharmacological treatments, with particular attention to the empirical evidence for each approach. Also addressed are special treatment modalities, such as day programs and group therapy, and forensic issues.

Psychotherapy of Personality Disorders

Metacognition, States of Mind and Interpersonal Cycles

An accurate description of the problems associated with personality disorders can lead to psychotherapists providing better treatment for their patients, alleviating some of the difficulties associated with handling such disorders. The authors draw on existing therapeutic approaches and concepts to offer a treatment model for dealing with personality disorders. Psychotherapy of Personality Disorders clearly discusses the models for different types of personality disorder, along with general treatment principles, focusing on: principles for identifying and classifying types of disorder theoretical analyses that are characteristic of each type practical therapeutic principals that are grounded in the basic theory. The language is clinician-friendly and the therapeutic model is illustrated with clinical cases and session transcripts making this title essential reading for psychotherapists, personality disorder researchers and cognitive scientists as well as professionals with an interest in personality disorders.

Understanding Personality Disorders

People with personality disorders are all around us, though many times we're not aware of those who are overly paranoid, obsessive-compulsive, antisocial, or overly dependent until it's too late. Indeed, many sufferers aren't aware themselves of their disorders and often go undiagnosed and untreated, leading to problems in their personal and professional lives. Here, Dobbert offers an introduction to the most common personality disorders, and a guide for those who work, live, or come in contact with sufferers on a daily basis.

A Therapist's Guide to the Personality Disorders

The Masterson Approach: A Handbook and Workbook

Contributors from the Masterson Institute introduce the fundamental concepts, theories, and treatment approaches of James F. Masterson, synthesizing the material of his 14 books and many articles. The second part is a workbook in the form of a questionnaire to enable practitioners to apply the skill

Personality Disorders

Explores today's most common psychological disorders by examining their symptoms, causes, and effects; highlights the brain chemistry behind the disorders; and demonstrates how various treatments affect the brain to help ease or eliminate symptoms.

Handbook of Personality Disorders, Second Edition

Theory, Research, and Treatment

"This authoritative work comprehensively reviews what is known about personality disorders, including vital information to guide clinical decision making. Leading experts synthesize contemporary thinking about the classification, etiologies, and development of these complex disorders. Diagnostic issues are explored, and available assessment instruments are discussed. The Handbook provides in-depth coverage of all commonly used psychotherapeutic and pharmacological treatments, with particular attention to the empirical evidence for each approach. Also addressed are special treatment modalities, such as day programs and group therapy, and forensic issues"--

Essentials of Personality Disorders

Essentials of Personality Disorders draws on core material from The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Personality Disorders, covering the essentials of the topic in an abridged version and including the recent growth of knowledge in the neurosciences and new technologies being used to tackle the treatment of complex psychiatric disorders. In this volume, 35 international authorities -- all contributors to the parent text -- offer a balance of theory, research, and treatment geared toward ready application to a busy practice. Essentials of Personality Disorders provides half of the chapters found in the larger work, with a focus on material that is both up-to-date and useful to practicing clinicians. It first reviews the evolution of the personality disorders component in successive editions of DSM, along with major theories that have influenced thinking about their nature. A succinct guide to clinical evaluation then presents the defining features of DSM-IV-TR personality disorders, complementary approaches to clinical assessment, patterns of Axis I and Axis II disorder comorbidity, and clinical courses and outcomes. Chapters on etiology reflect the most recent data on epidemiology, progress in understanding underlying neurobiology, a developmental perspective on recognizing early patterns of behavior suggestive of future disorders, and the relevance of childhood experiences -- particularly stress -- to the development of maladaptive personality traits. Eleven chapters on treatment then offer guidelines for determining the appropriate intensity of treatment for patients, followed by a presentation of therapeutic options and considerations ranging from group treatment to boundary issues. Included in this section: A chapter on the application of mentalization-based therapy in treatment of patients with borderline personality disorder that offers an approach to attachment via a model that views this disorder as dysfunction in self-regulation. Core elements of dialectical behavior therapy, including both individual and group interventions to address parasuicidal behaviors. Emphasis on the necessity of explicitly considering alliance building across all treatment modalities. Recommendations for negotiating collaborative treatments, taking into account patients engaged in several modalities at the same time. Evidence of the association of suicidal behavior and personality disorders, examining risk factors and discussing clinical approaches to management. In a concluding chapter, the volume editors and experts in this field summarize current controversies, look ahead to DSM-V, and speculate about future directions. Presenting the essentials of a definitive text, Essentials of Personality Disorders is a practical volume that puts critical information on these vexing conditions at your fingertips.

A Concise Guide to Personality Disorders

The Oxford Handbook of Personality Disorders

This text provides a summary of the latest information concerning the diagnosis, assessment, construct validity, etiology, pathology, and treatment of personality disorders. It brings together leading scholars, researchers, and clinicians from a wide variety of theoretical perspectives, emphasizing in each case extent of empirical support.

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McMaster Children's Hospital - Pediatric Eating Disorders Program - Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre, Level 4

Provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary assessment for all new patients with eating problems on an in-patient, out-patient, day-treatment basis. Families and caregivers are integral to the treatment process. Further information is available from the National Eating Disorders Information Centre at 1-866-NEDIC-20 or www.nedic.ca

Halton Healthcare - Mental Health - Eating Disorders Clinic - Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital

Provides services for youth and adults struggling with eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa * helps to eliminate or reduce symptoms of their eating disorder and develop adaptive strategies * as a member of Central West Eating Disorder Program (CWEDP), the team works in partnership with Treillis Mental Health and Developmental Services, Trillium Health Partners and William Osler Health System

Services include:
  • psychiatric assessment and treatment
  • individual, group and family counselling
  • nutritional assessment and counselling
  • family support and education

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Eating Disorder Program - Charlton Campus

Offers an outpatient group program for people with eating disorders.

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Seniors Mental Health Unit - West 5th Campus, Harbour East Unit, Level 1, Block E

A 12 bed assessment and treatment unit providing a therapeutic environment to those whose recovery from psychiatric disease is complicated by age-related issues. Programs available are most appropriate for those who present primarily with mood disorders and late-onset psychotic disorders.

St. Peter's Hospital - Movement Disorders Clinic

This clinic offers a Neurologist specializing in movement disorders.

Trillium Health Partners - Eating Disorders Treatment Program - Credit Valley Hospital

Inpatient, day patient, transition and outpatient treatment * nutritional rehabilitation, skills acquisition and psychotherapy * support is available for family members and significant others

Halton FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) Parent / Caregiver Support Group - No Physical Address

Peer support group for parents and caregivers of children, youths or adults living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
* welcomes new members from Halton, Hamilton and the surrounding areas

ROCK - Danielle's Place - Eating Disorder Support and Resource Centre - Burlington - Brant St

Support individuals who are at-risk of developing an eating disorder and to promote overall physical and mental wellness.

* offer a variety of self-esteem, body image, social skills, and other wellness-based group services for children, youth and their caregivers including:

* ROCK's Girl Talk
* Dove Self-Esteem Project
* Boys ROCK
* Active Parenting
* educational workshops and seminars

* operates under ROCK (Reach Out Centre for Kids) as the lead agency for child and youth mental in Halton and is available to provide therapy for individuals under 18 yrs and their families

Hamilton Health Sciences - Program in Human Genetics - McMaster University Medical Centre, Rm 3N 12-20

Offers an information line to answer questions about genetic disorders such as cancer, Huntington's disease, Spina bifida, and Down's syndrome.

Hamilton Regional Indian Centre - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Nutrition Program

Increases awareness of risks associated with alcohol/drug consumption during pregnancy and breastfeeding among urban Aboriginal women through activities for children, support for parents, and a meals-to-go program.

Equilibrium - Mood Disorder Support Group - Oakville

A peer support group for individuals and their families who are affected by a mood disorder and whose main purpose is to gain a better understanding of the illness, to offer non-judgmental support and to share experiences

The focus of monthly meetings is wellness through education and sharing
  • guest speakers include individuals who live with a mood disorder, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, social workers and specialists in nutrition and relaxation
  • video presentations by medical specialists or professional documentaries
  • open discussions
  • no registration or membership required
  • all those affected by a mood disorder are welcome
  • refer to the Mental Health Services offered by the Canadian Mental Health Association, Halton Branch for more information

Horizons Opioid Treatment Service - Burlington Clinic

Clinic offers comprehensive opiate dependence treatment for those with an addiction to opiate based drugs such as heroin, Oxycontin, morphine, Percocet and codeine, using either Suboxone or Methadone therapy * services are confidential