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What You Need to Know about Personality Disorders
by Kimberly S. Duris and Katherine M. Helm
May 2023, 144pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7709-4
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Currently, personality disorders are diagnosed in adulthood, yet many of their symptoms can be identified in childhood and early adolescence.

This volume provides readers with all the information they need to know about personality disorders, including how to assess, treat, manage, and diagnose the varying signs and symptoms of the 10 different personality disorders currently recognized.

Having a personality disorder is different than having personality quirks. Personality quirks or eccentricities are considered normal; however, when certain dominant personality traits interfere with healthy psychological functioning, a personality disorder might be the cause.

This next installment in Greenwood’s Inside Diseases and Disorders series provides a complete overview of the 10 currently recognized personality disorders, as well as the myriad signs and symptoms that may lead to a diagnosis. Using the most recent scholarship and case studies, this volume aims to bring clarity to the topic of personality disorders, covering a wide range of topics from the history of assessing personality disorders to the ways in which a personality disorder may affect the family and friends of the patient.


  • A holistic approach to the subject covers often-overlooked areas, such as societal perceptions and the impact on family and friends
  • An Essential Questions section provides quick-access answers to the questions that readers are most likely to have
  • Case Illustrations provide relatable, real-world examples of concepts discussed in the text
  • An annotated Directory of Resources points readers toward useful books, organizations, and websites, acting as a gateway to further research
Kimberly S. Duris is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) and a certified alcohol and other drug abuse counselor (CADC). She is an associate professor in the clinical mental health counseling (CMHC) program in the department of psychology as well as the director of training for the CMHC program's field placement courses.

Katherine M. Helm, PhD, is a professor of psychology and director of graduate programs in counseling at Lewis University, Romeoville, IL. She is also a psychologist in part-time private practice. She has authored several publications about racial and cultural issues in mental health, couples' issues, and pedagogy in multicultural courses.

Inside Diseases and Disorders

Greenwood’s Inside Diseases and Disorders series explores some of the key diseases and disorders, both physical and psychological, affecting the world today. Each book examines a condition holistically, covering such topics as signs and symptoms, causes and risk factors, diagnosis and management, and prevention. They also address broader issues of vital importance, including the effects on family and friends and medical and societal controversies related to the condition. Every book lists 10 “essential questions” readers are likely to have and features engaging case studies that offer real-world insights.
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