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Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual

  1. Robert M. Gordon

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0722

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Gordon, R. M. 2010. Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. Allentown, Pennsylvania

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM; PDM Task Force, 2006) is the first psychological diagnostic classification system that considers the whole person in various stages of development. A task force of five major psychoanalytic organizations and leading researchers, under the guidance of Stanley I. Greenspan, Nancy McWilliams, and Robert Wallerstein, came together to develop the PDM. The resulting nosology goes from the deep structural foundation of personality to the surface symptoms that include the integration of behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and social functioning.


  • psychodynamic;
  • psychoanalytic;
  • personality;
  • mental health;
  • nosology;
  • diagnostic;
  • assessment