Diagnostic interviewing (2nd edition)

Diagnostic interviewing (2nd edition)

BOOK REVIEWS 172 sleep terror disorder, dream anxiety disorder), and to that extent the work is not as comprehensive as one could wish. While not a ...

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sleep terror disorder, dream anxiety disorder), and to that extent the work is not as comprehensive as one could wish. While not a treatment manual per se, various effective behavioral techniques are presented in useful clinical detail and we believe that this book would make an excellent graduate/professional textbook for mental health professionalsin-training. We also gladly recommend this book to established mental health practitioners interested in learning how to provide effective behavioral interventions for adult patients


with anxiety disorders. Although the work is a translation the Dutch, it reads well.


PATRICK S. BORDNICK BRUCE A. THYER School of Social Work The University of Georgia Athens, GA 30602 U.S.A.

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This book is highly recommended for graduate school students and as an introduction for seasoned clinicians new to a given diagnostic area. It is usefully divided into three parts and totalling 16 chapters. The authors of these chapters will be well recognised by the readers of this journal. Part one includes the required introduction to the topic done by the editors, and a chapter very ably done by Hagop and Kareen Akiskal on the Mental Status Examination. It has excellent behavioral referents for all those words one only reads in MSE’s such as ‘autoscopy’ and ‘synesthesia’. In part two, containing 10 chapters, the areas covered include, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, sexual deviation and dysfunction, drug abuse, alcohol problems, personality disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and psychophysiological disorders. The topical areas are up to date and often linked to the new DSM IV criteria which will be an excellent source for students learning that document. Most of the chapters are replete with case illustrations and most have some form of a transcript passage that is helpful to see “how it is actually done”. All the authors have been careful to distinguish between assessment and interviewing, which I found refreshing. We have lots of books on the former, but few on the latter. Each chapter also includes some “do’s and don’t’s” from the authors and these are straight and to the point; a nice way to close the chapters. Several authors have done a notably good job with their contributions. Akiskal and Van Valkenburg’s chapter on mood disorders made logical sense out of some differential diagnostic questions I have always had, and linked these to the DSM IV.

Linda Sobell and her colleagues did a nice review in the alcohol area that educated the reader on important distinctions and myths in the field, as well as covering the topic. Two chapters tried unsuccessfully to cover too much territory; McConaghy on sexual deviations and dysfunctions and Williamson, Barker and Lapour on psychophysiological disorders. Both chapters would have benefited from sticking to one area (i.e. just sexual dysfunction, or just irritable bowel syndrome) and covering it well. In part three of the book, special populations are addressed including marital dyads, children, sexually abused children, neurologically impaired patients, and finally, older adults. The chapter by Thomas Boll on neurological impaired adults was exceptionally well written and covered the issues very well. I also thought Birchler and Schwartz’s chapter on marital dyads was well presented, and raised lots of issues especially germane to work on couples. In summary, I would recommend this book especially as an introduction to the topic areas. For clinicians seasoned in specialty areas I find little to recommend.

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