Limitations of axis II in diagnosing personality pathology in clinical practice.

@article{Westen1998LimitationsOA,
  title={Limitations of axis II in diagnosing personality pathology in clinical practice.},
  author={Drew Westen and L Arkowitz-Westen},
  journal={The American journal of psychiatry},
  year={1998},
  volume={155 12},
  pages={1767-71}
}
OBJECTIVE DSM-IV's axis II is limited to severe personality disturbances, posing difficulty for diagnosing less severe but nonetheless clinically significant personality pathology. The authors examined the percentage of patients treated in clinical practice for personality pathology who are diagnosable with DSM-IV. METHOD Psychiatrists and psychologists from a random national sample provided diagnostic data on 714 patients treated for enduring, maladaptive personality patterns. RESULTS Only… CONTINUE READING

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