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The long journey of psychodynamic diagnosis
Journal Title: PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE 
Author/s: Nancy McWilliams 
Year:  2018 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  14 Pg. 183-196 FullText PDF:  61 KB
DOI:  10.3280/PU2018-002002
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The issue of psychodynamic diagnosis, and its difference from the descriptive approaches of the DSM and ICD systems, are discussed, and the Second Edition of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM-2) is presented. In particular, some differences from the First Edition of PDM of 2006 are highlighted: a new section for the Elderly, the separation between Childhood and Adolescence sections, the widening of mental capacities in Axis M, the introduction of a psychotic personality organization, the inclusion and description of several assessment instruments, the introduction of borderline personality in addition to borderline level of organization, etc. The conceptualization of personality (Axis P) according to PDM-2 and the levels of personality organizations (healthy, neurotic, borderline, and psychotic) are presented with more detail, and some unsolved controversies are mentioned.
Keywords: PDM-2; Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual; Psychodynamic diagnosis; Personality organization; Bor-derline personality

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Nancy McWilliams, The long journey of psychodynamic diagnosis in "PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE" 2/2018, pp. 183-196, DOI:10.3280/PU2018-002002

   

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