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date: 26 February 2021

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This chapter provides an overview of depressive personality disorder, including its history, conceptualization within the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic manual, prevalence rates, etiology, characteristics, course, comorbidity with dysthymia and other disorders, and a review of the various instruments that can be used for its assessment. Also discussed is the dimensional approach to personality and its applicability to this disorder, and the impact of depressive personality disorder on the treatment of other psychological difficulties, such as major depressive disorder. This chapter ends with an update of the status of depressive personality disorder in DSM-5 and our recommendations for ways to maintain depressive personality traits in future editions of the diagnostic manual.

Keywords: depressive personality disorder, depression, dysthymia, diagnosis, DSM-IV-TR, DSM-5

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