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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This is an exceptionally well-written and comprehensive book on bipolar disorder. The reader will find it an excellent reference for everyday clinical practice.
Purpose: The purpose is to present a series of evidence-based approaches to the treatment of bipolar disorder in an easy-to-read, practical manner. The book successfully discusses the challenges the practitioner faces in day-to-day practice. Considering the ever-changing state of the field, these are worthy objectives that are met by the authors.
Audience: Although written mainly for those psychiatrists and psychologists active in the mental health field, this book will be beneficial for graduate level students and residents. There is a multidisciplinary approach in the mental health field and as such, this book addresses those needs. The authors are highly credible and provide an interesting and enjoyable read.
Features: This is quite possibly the most thorough compact book on bipolar disorder. Case in point, the differential diagnosis of Bipolar I versus Bipolar II, Bipolar I and Bipolar II versus major depression, etc., is terrific. The various theories and models such as family-based and CBT are well covered. Treatment and treatment indications are practical, up-to-date, and cover such pertinent topics as suicide risk assessment and management, treatment adherence, and psychosocial stressors.
Assessment: This is definitely one of the standout books of the year in terms of additive value to the field, comprehensiveness, and applicability to the daily practice of clinicians. Highly recommended.