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1 Using Diagnoses to Improve Treatment Robert M. Gordon, Ph. D
Using Diagnoses to Improve Treatment Robert M. Gordon, Ph.D. ABPP J&K Seminar 2013 1. How does diagnoses (DSM, ICD, PDM) affect treatment? 2. How to tailor treatment to the diagnoses of personality organization and personality patterns.

2 My Eclectic Background
Undergrad focus on science and epistemology Temple’s psychology department heavily influenced by Wolpe and Lazarus. It was anti-psychoanalytic. I studied with Rosnow and Lana the artifacts and assumptions in research (applied epistemology). After my Ph.D., I studied with Albert Ellis (Rational Emotive Therapy), Salvador Manuchin, Jim Framo, and Peggy Papp (family therapy). For a while my primary identification was, “family therapist.” (AFTA, AAMFT Supervisor) Eventually, I became convinced that projections and transferences were the main issues in couples work and went on to study object relations (institute training and my psychoanalysis).

3 Paradigm Shift to Evidence Based Practice
PPA Workshop Treating Neurotic and Borderline Level Personality Disorders Paradigm Shift to Evidence Based Practice

4 PPA Workshop 6.20.2009 Treating Neurotic and Borderline Level Personality Disorders
An Integrative Theoretical Formulation Precedes an Integrative Treatment Need for the best theoretical formulation that integrates research about the mind, brain, affects, cognitions, behaviors, temperament, and their interactions in an interpersonal context. Need for technical eclecticism based on the needs of the patient and EBP.

5 The New Three Core Competencies in Psychiatry
Supportive Therapy (Rogerian) Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

6 PPA Workshop 6.20.2009 Treating Neurotic and Borderline Level Personality Disorders
Our Brains Guided Us for Millions of Years without Consciousness or Rationality

7 PPA Workshop 6.20.2009 Treating Neurotic and Borderline Level Personality Disorders
Hypothalamic Sites that Generate Instinctual Behavioral and Affective States in Mammals Panksepp (1982)

8 PPA Workshop 6.20.2009 Treating Neurotic and Borderline Level Personality Disorders
The Affective Parts of the Mammalian Brain are largely Non-Cognitive and Instinctual Periaqueductal gray (PAG; also called the "central gray") is the gray matter located around the cerebral aqueduct within the midbrain. It plays a role in the descending modulation of pain and in defensive behaviour.

9 PPA Workshop 6.20.2009 Treating Neurotic and Borderline Level Personality Disorders
Superego, Ego and Id was a First Step in Understanding a Brain in Conflict The Amygdalae (A) are involved in the processing of emotions. The Ventromedial prefrontal cortex (VMPC) moderates emotional reactions and sends signals to the Striatum (S) with input from past experiences. If the associations are negative, the VMPC signals are inhibitory. The Striatum translates signals from the Amygdala and VMPC into body action. S VMPC A ventromedial prefrontal cortex: the rear part of the prefrontal cortex striatum: includes the caudate nucleus and the putamen; part of the basal ganglia. Implicated in habit learning.

10 Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex and Neurosis
PPA Workshop Treating Neurotic and Borderline Level Personality Disorders Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex and Neurosis Studies with PTSD support the idea that the ventromedial prefrontal cortex is an important component for reactivating past emotional associations and events, mediating pathogenesis of PTSD. ventromedial prefrontal cortex: the rear part of the prefrontal cortex

11 PPA Workshop 6.20.2009 Treating Neurotic and Borderline Level Personality Disorders
Brains of Borderlines Have Less Grey Matter in Anterior Cingulate Cortex Patients with borderline personality disorder had significantly lower density of grey matter (the brain's working tissue) in the anterior cingulate cortex, an area (yellow right) that regulates the brain's fear hub (amygdala-yellow left). MRI scan data shows the difference between patients and controls. The anterior cingulate is a defined area of the cerebral cortex including parts of both the cingulate gyrus and the frontal lobe. Minzenberg MJ, Fan J, New AS, Tang CY, Siever LJ. Frontolimbic structural changes in borderline personality disorder. J Psychiatr Res Jul;42(9): Epub 2007 Sep 7. PMID: Minzenberg MJ, Fan J, New AS, Tang CY, Siever LJ. Fronto-limbic dysfunction in response to facial emotion in borderline personality disorder: an event-related fMRI study. Psychiatry Res Aug 15;155(3): Epub 2007 Jul 2. PMID:

12 Brains of Borderlines Have More Grey Matter in Amygdala
PPA Workshop Treating Neurotic and Borderline Level Personality Disorders Brains of Borderlines Have More Grey Matter in Amygdala Patients with borderline personality disorder had significantly higher density of grey matter in the brain's fear hub, the amygdala (red areas). MRI scan data shows where patients and controls differed.

13 Damasio, et al., 2002 Panksepp, J. (2003). Science, Oct 10th.
PPA Workshop Treating Neurotic and Borderline Level Personality Disorders Emotions and attachment drives in mammals are similar and evolved for functional reasons. They may be affected by thoughts, but they are not created by them. Damasio, et al., 2002 PAG=Periaqueductal gray;AC = anterior commisure for sure.BN likely basal nucleus Panksepp, J. (2003). Science, Oct 10th. Herman & Panksepp, 1979

14 PPA Workshop 6.20.2009 Treating Neurotic and Borderline Level Personality Disorders
Attachment Security in Infancy and Early Adulthood: A Twenty-Year Longitudinal Study. Walters, E. Merrick., S.; Treboux, D.; Crowell, J. and Albersheim, L. (2000), Child Development. Researchers looked at relationship patterns in 50 young adults who were studied 20 years earlier as infants. Overall, 72% of the adults received the same secure verses insecure attachment classification they had in infancy.

15 Experimental Test of Unconscious Transference
PPA Workshop Treating Neurotic and Borderline Level Personality Disorders Experimental Test of Unconscious Transference Study: subjects are subliminally shown aggressive (A) or positive (B) stimuli and then rate a neutral stimulus (C) Subjects shown panel A subsequently rated the boy in panel C more negatively (Eagle, 1959)

16 Treat the Whole Person PPA Workshop Treating Neurotic and Borderline Level Personality Disorders Blatt, (2006), Norcross (2002), Wampold (2001) have concluded that the nature of the psychotherapeutic relationship, reflecting interconnected aspects of mind and brain operating together in an interpersonal context, predicts outcome more robustly than any specific treatment approach per se. Westen, Novotny, and Thompson-Brenner (2004) have presented evidence that treatments that focus on isolated symptoms or behaviors (rather than personality, emotional, and interpersonal patterns ) are not effective in sustaining even narrowly defined changes.

17 Value of Insight into the Self
PPA Workshop Treating Neurotic and Borderline Level Personality Disorders Value of Insight into the Self 800 Psychologists ranked a list of 38 of the most beneficial things they got from their own psychotherapy. They listed first, “Self-understanding.” “Symptom relief” was halfway down the list Included in the survey were psychologists from all theoretical orientations (Behaviorists, Cognitive- Behaviorists, Psychoanalytic, etc.). Pope, K. T., B.G. (1994). Therapists as patients: A national survey of psychologists' experiences, problems, and beliefs. Professional Psychology: Research & Practice, 25(3), Pope, K. T., B.G. (1994). Therapists as patients: A national survey of psychologists' experiences, problems, and beliefs. Professional Psychology: Research & Practice, 25(3), Dattilio, F. M. (2003). To thine own self be true: Comment. Behavior Therapist, 26(5), Dattillo felt that CBT therapists became desensitized to CBT so they went to psychodynamic therapists.

18 LTPP at least 1 year (an average of 151 sessions).
PPA Workshop Treating Neurotic and Borderline Level Personality Disorders Effectiveness of Long-term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy A Meta-analysis Leichsenring and Rabung (2008) JAMA, 3000,13, 23 LTPP studies (11 RCT efficacy and 12 effectiveness) total of 1053 patients with personality disorders, and multiple and complex problems. LTPP at least 1 year (an average of 151 sessions). Results LTPP better than 96% of those in short term therapies (CBT, DBT, SFT, CAT, FT, STPP, etc.) with changes in not only symptoms relief but with increases in mental capacities. Leichsenring, F., & Rabung, S. (2008). Effectiveness of long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy: A meta-analysis. JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association, 300(13),

19 Importance of Transference and Attachment with BPD
PPA Workshop Treating Neurotic and Borderline Level Personality Disorders Importance of Transference and Attachment with BPD Clarkin, et al. (2007): 90 BPD randomly assigned to transference-focused psychotherapy (TFT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), or supportive therapy (ST). Patients in all 3 treatments showed significant positive change in depression, anxiety, global functioning, and social adjustment. Both transference-focused psychotherapy and dialectical behavior therapy were significantly associated with improvement in suicidality. Only transference-focused psychotherapy and supportive treatment were associated with improvement in anger. Transference- focused psychotherapy and supportive treatment were each associated with improvement in impulsivity. Only transference-focused psychotherapy was significantly predictive of change in irritability and verbal and direct assault. Clarkin, J. F., Levy, K. N., Lenzenweger, M. F., & Kernberg, O. F. (2007). Evaluating three treatments for borderline personality disorder: A multiwave study. American Journal of Psychiatry, 164(6), The authors examined three year-long outpatient treatments for borderline personality disorder: dialectical behavior therapy, transference-focused psychotherapy, and a dynamic supportive treatment. Ninety patients who were diagnosed with borderline personality disorder were randomly assigned to transference-focused psychotherapy, dialectical behavior therapy, or supportive treatment and received medication when indicated. Prior to treatment and at 4-month intervals during a 1-year period, blind raters assessed the domains of suicidal behavior, aggression, impulsivity, anxiety, depression, and social adjustment in a multiwave study design. Individual growth curve analysis revealed that patients in all three treatment groups showed significant positive change in depression, anxiety, global functioning, and social adjustment across 1 year of treatment. Both transference-focused psychotherapy and dialectical behavior therapy were significantly associated with improvement in suicidality. Only transference-focused psychotherapy and supportive treatment were associated with improvement in anger. Transference- focused psychotherapy and supportive treatment were each associated with improvement in facets of impulsivity. Only transference-focused psychotherapy was significantly predictive of change in irritability and verbal and direct assault. Patients with borderline personality disorder respond to structured treatments in an outpatient setting with change in multiple domains of outcome. A structured dynamic treatment, transference-focused psychotherapy was associated with change in multiple constructs across six domains; dialectical behavior therapy and supportive treatment were associated with fewer changes. Future research is needed to examine the specific mechanisms of change in these treatments beyond common structures.

20 PPA Workshop 6.20.2009 Treating Neurotic and Borderline Level Personality Disorders
Over-all Research Evidence Based short-term symptom focused treatments are all equally effective. Long-term psychodynamic therapies that focus on temperament, conflicts, affects, cognitions, behaviors, interpersonal context, child development, conscious and unconscious levels are better than symptom focused treatments in treating personality disorders.

21 PPA Workshop 6.20.2009 Treating Neurotic and Borderline Level Personality Disorders
Integrative Psychotherapeutic Interventions Going From Supportive, CBT and Psychodynamic Personal Qualities of the Therapist Maintaining the Therapeutic Frame Reassurance Listening Behavioral Mastery: Self-Soothing Cognitive Learning Clarifications Interpretations of mental life that affects subjective well-being and relationships

22 Treatment of the Borderline Level Personality Disorder
PPA Workshop Treating Neurotic and Borderline Level Personality Disorders Treatment of the Borderline Level Personality Disorder Behavioral Mastery: desensitization and self-soothing Cognitive Learning: how to better understand thoughts, feelings, and behaviors Clarifications and Confrontations: of the patient’s confusions, distortions and consequences of judgment and impulses Interpretations: focus on here and now defenses, transferences, enactments, and mentalization

23 Treatment of the Neurotic Level Personality Disorder
PPA Workshop Treating Neurotic and Borderline Level Personality Disorders Treatment of the Neurotic Level Personality Disorder Reconstructions: patients may benefit from a coherent, insightful narrative of their psychological history. Despite problems with recall and subjectivity, traumatic events can be recalled, mastered and integrated into a more cohesive identity. Interpretations: insight into unconscious resistances, defenses, transferences and enactments.

24 Neurotic Borderline Psychotic Identity +integrated - diffused -
Kernberg’s Differentiation of Personality Organization That Preceded the PDM Neurotic Borderline Psychotic Identity integrated diffused Integration Defensive higher primitive Operations Reality Testing

25 Borderline Personality Organization Basic Characteristics- Kernberg
Identity Diffusion No integrated concept of self No integrated concept of significant others Primitive Defenses – Splitting – Idealization/devaluation – Projective identification – Omnipotent control – Denial Variable Reality Testing 25

26 Healthy Defense Mechanisms
Anticipation Affiliation Altruism Humor Self-Assertion Self-Observation Sublimation Suppression 26

27 Neurotic Level Defenses
Displacement Dissociation Intellectualization Rationalization Isolation of Affect Reaction Formation Repression Undoing 27

28 Borderline level Defenses
Idealization / Devaluation Omnipotence and Omnipotent control Denial Projective identification Splitting of self-image or image of others Acting out Projection 28

29 Delusional projection Psychotic denial Psychotic distortion
Psychotic Level Delusional projection Psychotic denial Psychotic distortion 29

30 Anaclitic vs Introjective (according to S.Blatt)
Anaclitic: Borderline, Histrionic, Dependent, Avoidant, Depressive anaclitic. Introjective: Schizoid, Paranoid, Antisocial, Narcissistic, Obsessive, Depressive introjective. Reference tools: Object Relations Inventory (ORI; Blatt et al., 2006)

31 Personality Disorders P Axis
Temperamental, Thematic, Affective, Cognitive, and Defense patterns

32 P101. Schizoid Personality Disorders
Contributing constitutional-maturational patterns: Highly sensitive,shy, easily overstimulated Central tension/preoccupation: Fear of closeness/longing for closeness Central affects: General emotional pain when overstimulated, affects so powerful they feel they must suppress them Characteristic pathogenic belief about self: Dependency and love are dangerous Characteristic pathogenic belief about others: The social world is impinging, dangerously engulfing Central ways of defending: Withdrawal, both physically and into fantasy and idiosyncratic preoccupations

33 P102. Paranoid Personality Disorders
Contributing constitutional-maturational patterns: Possibly irritable/aggressive Central tension/preoccupation: Attacking/being attacked by humiliating others Central affects: Fear, rage, shame, contempt Characteristic pathogenic belief about self: Hatred, aggression and dependency are dangerous Characteristic pathogenic belief about others: The world is full of potential attackers and users Central ways of defending: Projection, projective identification, denial, reaction formation

34 P103. Psychopathic (Antisocial) Personality Disorder P103
P103. Psychopathic (Antisocial) Personality Disorder P103.1  Passive/Parasitic: “con artist” P103.2  Aggressive: explosive, predatory, often violent Contributing constitutional-maturational patterns: aggressiveness, high threshold for emotional stimulation Central tension/preoccupation: Manipulating/being manipulated Central affects: Rage, envy Characteristic pathogenic belief about self: I can make anything happen Characteristic pathogenic belief about others: Everyone is selfish, manipulative, dishonest Central ways of defending: Reaching for omnipotent control

35 Contributing constitutional-maturational patterns: No clear data
P104. Narcissistic Personality Disorders    P104.1  Arrogant/Entitled: devalues, vain, commanding    P104.2  Depressed/Depleted: idealizing, envious, easily hurt Contributing constitutional-maturational patterns: No clear data Central tension/preoccupation: Inflation/deflation of self-esteem Central affects: Shame, contempt, envy Characteristic pathogenic belief about self: I need to feel okay Characteristic pathogenic belief about others: Others enjoy riches, beauty, power, and fame; the more I have of those, the better I will feel Central ways of defending: Idealization/devaluation

36 Narcissistic PD: Narcissistic Injury
The Doberman threw himself out the second-story window after he realized the family had indeed named him “Binky.”

37 Contributing constitutional-maturational patterns: Unknown
P105. Sadistic and Sadomasochistic Personality Disorders P105.1  Intermediate Manifestation: Sadomasochistic Personality Disorders: alternate between attacking and feeling insulted Contributing constitutional-maturational patterns: Unknown Central tension/preoccupation: Suffering indignity/inflicting such suffering Central affects: Hatred, contempt, pleasure (sadistic glee) Characteristic pathogenic belief about self: I am entitled to hurt and humiliate others Characteristic pathogenic belief about others: Others exist as objects for my domination Central ways of defending: Detachment, omnipotent control, reversal, enactment

38 Sadistic PD: I am entitled to hurt others

39 Contributing constitutional-maturational patterns: None known
P106. Masochistic (Self-Defeating) Personality Disorders    P106.1  Moral Masochistic: self-esteem depends on suffering    P106.2  Relational Masochistic: suffer for sake of relationship Contributing constitutional-maturational patterns: None known Central tension/preoccupation: Suffering/losing relationship or self-esteem Central affects: Sadness, anger, guilt Characteristic pathogenic belief about self: By manifestly suffering, I can demonstrate my moral superiority and/or maintain my attachments Characteristic pathogenic belief about others: People pay attention only when one is in trouble Central ways of defending: Introjection, introjective identification, turning against the self, moralizing

40 Masochistic Personality Disorder
“Penny for your thoughts, Arnold!”

41 P107. Depressive Personality Disorders P107
P107. Depressive Personality Disorders    P107.1  Introjective: self-critical, self-worth    P107.2  Anaclitic: concern with attachment issues Contributing constitutional-maturational patterns: Possible genetic predisposition Central tension/preoccupation: Goodness/badness or aloneness/relatedness of self Central affects: Sadness, guilt, shame Characteristic pathogenic belief about self: There is something essentially bad or incomplete about me Characteristic pathogenic belief about others: People who really get to know me will reject me Central ways of defending: Introjection, reversal, idealization of others, devaluation of self

42 Depressive Personality Disorder
Lodge owner Harold Shuffle saw only the negative side of things.

43 P107.3 Converse Manifestation: Hypomanic Personality Disorder
Contributing constitutional-maturational patterns: Possibly high energy Central tension/preoccupation: Overriding grief/succumbing to grief Central affects: Elation, rage, unconscious sadness and grief Characteristic pathogenic belief about self: If I stop running and get close to someone, I’ll be traumatically abandoned, so I’ll leave first Characteristic pathogenic belief about others: Others can be charmed into not seeing the qualities that make people inevitably reject me Central ways of defending: Denial, idealization of self, devaluation of others

44 P108. Somatizing Personality Disorders
Contributing constitutional-maturational patterns: Possible physical fragility, early sickliness, early abuse Central tension/preoccupation: Integrity/fragmentation of bodily self Central affects: alexithymia, inferred rage, distress Characteristic pathogenic belief about self: I am fragile, vulnerable, in danger of dying Characteristic pathogenic belief about others: Others are powerful, healthy, and indifferent Central ways of defending: Somatization, regression

45 Somatizing Personality Disorder
“My brother, Tilford, had trouble with hemorrhoids and he never did anything like this!”

46 P109. Dependent Personality Disorders
Contributing constitutional-maturational patterns: Possible placidity, sociophila Central tension/preoccupation: Keeping/lossing relationships Central affects: Pleasure when securely attached; sadness and fear when alone Characteristic pathogenic belief about self: I am inadequate, needy, impotent Characteristic pathogenic belief about others: Others are powerful and I need their care Central ways of defending: Regression, reversal, avoidance Subtypes:  Passive-Aggressive,   Counterdependent

47 Dependent PD: Others are powerful and I need their care
“You’re gonna spoil that dog, Annie!”

48 P109. Dependent Personality Disorders P109
P109. Dependent Personality Disorders P109.1  Passive-Aggressive Versions of Dependent Personality Disorders    Contributing constitutional-maturational patterns: Possibly irritable, aggressive Central tension/preoccupation: Tolerating mistreatment/getting revenge Central affects: Anger, resentment, pleasure in hostile enactments Characteristic pathogenic belief about self: I am inadequate, needy, impotent Characteristic pathogenic belief about others: Others are powerful and I need their care Central ways of defending: Regression, reversal, avoidance

49 Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder
“It’s almost like they do it on purpose, isn’t it, Fred?!”

50 P109. Dependent Personality Disorders P109
P109. Dependent Personality Disorders P109.2  Converse Manifestation: Counterdependent Personality Disorder Contributing constitutional-maturational patterns: Possibly more aggressive than the overtly dependent type Central tension/preoccupation: Demonstrating lack of or shameful dependence Central affects: Contempt, denial of “weaker” emotions Characteristic pathogenic belief about self: I don’t need anyone Characteristic pathogenic belief about others: Others depend on me and require me to be “strong” Central ways of defending: Denial, reversal, enactment

51 P110. Phobic (Avoidant) Personality Disorders
Contributing constitutional-maturational patterns: Possible anxious or timid disposition Central tension/preoccupation: Safety/danger relative to specific objects Central affects: Fear Characteristic pathogenic belief about self: I am safe if I avoid certain specific dangers Characteristic pathogenic belief about others: More powerful people can magically keep me safe Central ways of defending: Symbolization, displacement, projection, rationalization, avoidance Subtypes: Counterphobic

52    P110.1  Converse Manifestation of Phobic: Counterphobic Personality Disorders
Contributing constitutional-maturational patterns: Unknown Central tension/preoccupation: Safety/danger Central affects: Contempt, denial of fear Characteristic pathogenic belief about self: I can face anything without fear Characteristic pathogenic belief about others: Others frighten easily and admire my bravery Central ways of defending: Denial, reaction formation, projection

53 P111. Anxious Personality Disorders
Contributing constitutional-maturational patterns: Anxious or timid temperament Central tension/preoccupation: Safety/danger Central affects: Fear Characteristic pathogenic belief about self: I am in constant danger from forces unknown Characteristic pathogenic belief about others: Others are sources of either danger or protection Central ways of defending: Failure of defenses against anxiety, surface anxiety may mask unconscious deeper anxiety

54 P112. Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorders P112
P112. Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorders   P112.1  Obsessive: Self-esteem depends on thinking,ruminative   P112.2  Compulsive: Self-esteem depends on doing, meticulous Contributing constitutional-maturational patterns: Possible irritability, orderliness Central tension/preoccupation: Submission to/rebellion against controlling authority Central affects: Anger, guilt, shame, fear Characteristic pathogenic belief about self: My aggression is dangerous and must be controlled Characteristic pathogenic belief about others: Others try to exert control, which I must resist Central ways of defending: Isolation of affect, reaction formation, intellectualization, moralizing, undoing

55 Obsessive-Compulsive PD: Compulsive type
Once again Elliot Zambini’s tidiness ruins the act.

56 Central tension/preoccupation: Power and sexuality/other gender
P113. Hysterical (Histrionic) Personality Disorders    P113.1  Inhibited: reserved, naiveté, somatization    P113.2  Demonstrative or Flamboyant: seductive, dramatic Contributing constitutional-maturational patterns: Possibly sensitivity, sociophila Central tension/preoccupation: Power and sexuality/other gender Central affects: Fear, shame, guilt (over competition) Characteristic pathogenic belief about self: My gender makes me weak, castrated, vulnerable Characteristic pathogenic belief about others: People of my own gender are of little value, people of the other gender are powerful, exciting, potentially exploitive and damaging Central ways of defending: Repression, regression, conversion, sexualization, acting out

57 P114.  Dissociative Personality Disorders (Dissociative Identity Disorder/Multiple Personality Disorder) Contributing constitutional-maturational patterns: Constitutional capacity for self-hypnosis; severe early and repeated physical and/or sexual trauma Central tension/preoccupation: Acknowledging trauma/disavowing trauma Central affects: Fear, rage Characteristic pathogenic belief about self: I am small, weak, and vulnerable to recurring trauma Characteristic pathogenic belief about others: Others are perpetrators, exploiters, or rescuers Central ways of defending: Dissociation

58 P115.  Mixed/Other For individuals with combinations of personality types or with particular patterns or themes

59 Implications for Treatment Depressive Personality Disorder (Most Common type in Clinical Situations) P107.1  Introjective: self-critical, preoccupied with self-worth, guilt    P107.2  Anaclitic: concerned with attachment issues, relatedness, trust, inadequacy (May combine with dependent or narcissistic personality disorder)

60 Treatment for Depressive P.D.
The Mood disorder responds to medication, but not the personality disorder, which requires long- term intensive treatment. The introjective type tends to respond better to interpretations and insight. The anaclitic type tends to respond better to the actual therapeutic relationship. May respond well to short term interventions.

61 P107.3 Converse Manifestation: Hypomanic Personality Disorder
Relatively stable state of inflated mood, high energy Little guilt Overly positive view of self Superficial relationships due to fear of being attached Highly resistant to therapy The mood disorder responds better to pharmacological interventions, but medication does not help the personality disorder.

62 Treatment Implications: P107
Treatment Implications: P107.3  Converse Manifestation: Hypomanic Personality Disorder The hypomanic type often flees from commitment and therefore does not stay long enough in treatment. The PDM suggests emphasizing that the commitment to the treatment is important to improvement. People with hypomanic personality disorders are most likely to be at the borderline level favoring defenses such as denial and the idealization of self and the devaluation others, as compared to those with depressive personalities who favor defensives such as repression, and the devaluation of self and the idealization of others.

63 Personality Structure and Treatment
McWilliams points out that for many neurotic level people, the best time to make interpretations is when the patient is a state of emotional arousal, so that the patient is less likely to intellectualize the affect. With borderline clients, who require a supportive approach, the opposite consideration applies, because when they are very upset, it is hard for them to take anything in.

64 Take Home Message Neurotic Level Personality Disorders
PPA Workshop Treating Neurotic and Borderline Level Personality Disorders Take Home Message Neurotic Level Personality Disorders focus more on using insight into past traumas that need to be worked through. Borderline Level Personality Disorders focus more on using here and now interventions to help with reality testing, better self control and self soothing.

65 Take Home Message Be technically eclectic mixing Supportive, CBT and Psychodynamic according to the needs of the patient (not according to your biases). Use a psychodynamic formulation so you will know what interventions are likely be most effective, and to communicate that you understand your patient at all levels of existence (not just seeing symptoms).

66 Consider Instruments Such as the PDC
To guide your diagnostic and case formulation To keep in your chart To assess progress

67 Take Home Message: Use the ICD with the PDM
Consider the over-all level of personality organization Consider the personality patterns or disorders Consider the mental capacities Consider the subjective experience of the symptoms and use the ICD codes You will find that your greater empathy will be felt by your patient, and this can greatly improve any treatment.

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