The Essential Guide to Overcoming Avoidant Personality Disorder
|Rating||:||4.55 (564 Votes)|
|Number of Pages||:||229 Pages|
Martin Kantor, MD, is a Harvard psychiatrist who has been in full private practice in Boston and New York City.
Emphasizing diagnosis, causality, and holistic treatment, this is the only book offering a full discussion of Avoidant Personality Disorder for therapists and sufferers.• A resource section acts as a guide for therapists and a self-help manual for sufferers• A bibliography lists the basic literature on AvPD
About the AuthorMartin Kantor, MD, is a Harvard psychiatrist who has been in full private practice in Boston and New York City.
Mixed feelings Some of the case examples seem a bit too personal and almost vindictive.In one case the author sites "a personal friend, a dental school student" who "called once or twice a day to unload his serious emotional problems on me." And then the author goes on to describe how that man broke off his friendship with him.On the very next page he cites his daughter, Carley, who "used to go to the medical school cafeteria dressed in surgical scrubs to pretend she was a doctor (weird, but no weirder than the crush she developed on her dermatologist, whom she used to follow around with a girlfriend, who was also in love with him)." Actual quote. K said some useful (overpriced) information. This book isn't what I expected. I will say that there are definitely some helpful insights in here, but the majority of the book is just one long case study after another (after another), and an overview of the different kinds of therapies used to treat AVPD. There really isn't much new information, just elaborations on the same old stuff that anyone who is familiar with the disorder would already know. In some instances it just feels like he's reaching for material. For example, he includes a (negative) Amazon.com customer review of his last book, and spends a page and a half discussing how the reviewer's negative response to his. Interesting and compassionate treatment of a neglected diagnosis Oliver L. Interesting treatment of an interesting topic which has received very little attention (in the form of works accessible to laypeople). Discusses reasons for this neglect, including the tendency of many professionals to lump AvPD together with Social Phobia (along with the author's reasons why he believes this is a bad idea.)Uses many case studies to illustrate examples of what he's talking about, although sometimes digresses into using examples from his personal/professional life in what seemed like a slightly strange way to me (if nothing else I thought he could have simply described the incidents as belonging to an anonymous clie