Author Pamilla Ramsden presents a thorough understanding of abnormal psychology for undergraduate students with a focus on the integration of psychology, biology and health. Understanding Abnormal Psychology: Clinical and Biological Perspectives goes beyond a descriptive overview of clinical disorders to provide a critical appreciation of the multifaceted aspects of mental illness. Each disorder is clearly and succinctly explained with the support of case studies. These examples are then used to introduce students to the debates surrounding current research, the biology of abnormal disorders and standards of treatment. The bridge between the biological elements of brain functioning and the psychological mechanisms that are responsible for coping and adjustment is thoroughly explored. This valuable consideration of the range of elements involved in the diagnosis and treatment of clinical disorders gives students a broad and critical understanding of this complex and fascinating field.

Personality Disorders

Personality disorders

Learning aims

At the end of this chapter you should:

  • Comprehend the classifications used for personality disorders
  • Understand the different types of personality disorders
  • Be knowledgeable of the various models/theories of personality disorders
  • Be familiar with the various treatments utilized for personality disorders.


Case Study

Andrew's Story

Andrew was referred to court-ordered counselling because of a drink driving conviction. As part of his sentencing he was required to attend 15 counselling sessions. The first five sessions were uneventful; he told the therapist that he had simply misjudged his limit and should have called a friend or taken a taxi home. He only drank the occasional pint and didn't consider himself to be an alcoholic. He did feel that his conviction was rather excessive considering all the crime that ...

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