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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 42 (2000) 9, 667 - 674

Short report

Psychoanalytical and psychiatric diagnostics for personality disorders

R. Vermote

A theoretical frame of reference for the psychoanalytical diagnosis for personality disorders is described, making it possible to place personality disorders on a spectrum between neurosis and psychosis. The application of this frame of reference to the descriptive categories of the dsm-iv Axis ii achieves a double goal. From a psychoanalytical point of view, the different external appearances of a similar intrapsychic functioning become clear. From a psychiatric point of view, the description of the psychodynamic functioning behind the different dsm-iv Axis ii categories adds depth to the descriptive approach.

keywords diagnosis, personality disorder, psychoanalysis