Assessment Of Comorbid Pds

The assessment process for evaluating PDs has four key elements. The first is assessment through formal and/or structured assessment and testing. The second involves the assessment of what we call "soft-signs" for assessing PDs. The third involves the therapist's familiarity with and understanding of the criteria sets of the DSM. Also important is to be aware of the research on the treatment of each disorder. Finally, the clinician must have the knowledge and ability to understand and conceptualize the impact of a PD (or multiple disorders) on Axis I problems.

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