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A randomized controlled trial was conducted to determine whether a manual-based psychodynamic treatment, labeled dynamic deconstructive psychotherapy (DDP), would be feasible and effective for individuals with co-occurring borderline personality disorder (BPD) and alcohol use disorder. Thirty participants were assessed every 3 months during a year of(More)
The charts of 343 Eskimos seen at a community mental health center in northwestern Alaska were reviewed, and data on demographic characteristics, DSM-III-R diagnoses, and history of suicide attempts were collected. Substance use disorders were the most common group of mental disorders. Substance use patterns differed substantially according to age and(More)
There is substantial literature documenting the process factors that lead to effective psychotherapy. Similarly, there is now a wealth of data attesting to the effectiveness of several psychotherapy brands. Little is known about the elements that facilitate learning how to be an effective clinician. One important step, after reading about a treatment model(More)
A controlled study was undertaken to assess alexithymia and somatic amplification among 50 medical outpatients with chronic pain referred for psychiatric consultation. Data were collected on demographics; DSM-IV diagnoses; and measures of anxiety, depression, and alexithymia, assessed with the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20), as well as somatic(More)
  • Kevin R. Murphy, Charles O. Davidshofer, +12 authors James Lockhart Mursell
  • 2008
This book focuses on the use of psychological tests to make important decisions about individuals in a variety of settings. It explores the theory, methods, and applications of psychological testing, and gives a full and fair evaluation of the advantages and drawbacks of psychological testing in general, and selected tests in particular. A four-part(More)
OBJECTIVE Some reports have characterized patients with chronic pain as counterdependent, that is, having emotional suppression, idealization of relationships, strong work ethic, a caregiver role-identity, and self-reliance. However, research has been hampered because formal measures of these traits have been lacking. In this article, we describe a(More)
Traumatic brain injury is followed by many changes in cognition, emotion, social interaction and functioning, and communication. These changes may range from severe to subtle. They create complex difficulties for the individual and his or her network of support. Presented here is a review of the literature on the changes and their impact. The review(More)
Although a number of psychotherapeutic modalities for borderline personality disorder (BPD) have empirical support, it is unclear what aspects of treatment are responsible for improvement. The present study analyzes the relationships between different techniques and outcomes in a randomized controlled trial of dynamic deconstructive psychotherapy (DDP) for(More)
The authors assessed psychological characteristics of 140 medical outpatients with chronic non-malignant pain referred for psychiatric consultation. Subjects completed the Toronto Alexithymia Scale, Somatosensory Amplification Scale (SSAS), and Counter-dependency Scale (CDS). The only psychological measure able to differentiate the chronic pain group from(More)
BACKGROUND Previous research has yielded inconsistent findings on the relationship between personality characteristics and chronic pain. The present study examines measures of alexithymia, somatosensory amplification, attachment, counterdependency, and emotional distress in 140 consecutive general medical outpatients seen in psychiatric consultation. (More)