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Case Studies: Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology

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Overview

Designed with the distinctive, user-friendly presentation Dr Stahl's audience know and love, this new stream of Stahl books capitalize on Dr Stahl's greatest strength – the ability to address complex issues in an understandable way and with direct relevance to the everyday experience of clinicians. The book describes a wide-ranging and representative selection of clinical scenarios, making use of icons, questions/answers and tips. It follows these cases through the complete clinical encounter, from start to resolution, acknowledging all the complications, issues, decisions, twists and turns along the way. The book is about living through the treatments that work, the treatments that fail, and the mistakes made along the journey. This is psychiatry in real life – these are the patients from your waiting room – this book will reassure, inform and guide better clinical decision making.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Michael Easton, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: In this newest addition to the Essential Psychopharmacology series, Dr. Stahl reviews numerous complicated cases from his practice in an attempt to show how to take the information from his other evidence-based books and extend that to the clinical care of complicated patients.
Purpose: The intent is to help experienced clinicians bridge the gap between the science of psychopharmacology (mechanisms of action and evidence-based data) and the art of psychopharmacology (how to extend research to the care of complicated patients). This case-based approach combines evidence-based prescribing derived from the research literature with prescribing-based evidence derived from empiric experience.
Audience: The book is designed for more experienced clinicians who have a sound foundation in evidence-based psychopharmacology. It appears to be the next step for those already knowledgeable in the mechanism of action of psychotropic drugs and the data on how to prescribe them.
Features: Dr. Stahl looks at 40 complicated cases covering a wide range of patients from his clinical practice. The cases are presented in the familiar, unique style of the Essential Psychopharmacology series so readers can follow the course of treatment over time. The book incorporates some unique factors such as the clinician's thoughts at various points of treatment, questions one should be asking to develop a treatment plan. Each case has pre- and post-teaching questions, a short "psychopharm tutorial" relevant to each case, clinical tips and pearls, take-home points, and an evaluation in hindsight of how each case could have been handled differently.
Assessment: This book uses a wide range of teaching techniques, as do the others in this series, to help educate. The case studies accurately reflect the complicated nature of the patients that we encounter in our practices. Treating many of the patients goes beyond the evidence-based data available and requires clinicians to draw upon their own and others' prescribing-based empiric evidence. This novel book helps us look inside the mind of a seasoned psychopharmacologist and how he bridges the gap between research and clinical practice.
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'The case studies accurately reflect the complicated nature of the patients that we encounter in our practices … This novel book helps us look inside the mind of a seasoned psychopharmacologist and how he bridges the gap between research and clinical practice.' Doody's Notes
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521182089
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 500
  • Sales rank: 824,095
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen M. Stahl is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, and Neuroscience Education Institute, Carlsbad, California, USA.
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Table of Contents

1. The man whose antidepressants stopped working; 2. The son who would not take a shower; 3. The man who kept hitting his wife over the head with a frying pan; 4. The son who could not go to bed; 5. The sleepy woman with anxiety; 6. The woman who felt numb; 7. The case of physician do not heal thyself; 8. The son whose parents were desperate to have him avoid Kraepelin; 9. The soldier who thinks he is a 'slacker' broken beyond all repair after 3 deployments to Iraq; 10. The young man everybody was afraid to treat; 11. The young woman whose doctors could not decide whether she has schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or both; 12. The scary man with only partial symptom control on clozapine; 13. The 8-year-old girl who was naughty; 14. The scatter-brained mother whose daughter has ADHD, like mother, like daughter; 15. The doctor who couldn't keep up with his patients; 16. The computer analyst who thought the government would choke him to death; 17. The severely depressed man with a life insurance policy soon to lose its suicide exemption; 18. The anxious woman who was more afraid of her anxiety medications than of anything else; 19. The psychotic woman with delusions that no medication could fix; 20. The breast cancer survivor who couldn't remember how to cook; 21. The woman who has always been out of control; 22. The young man with depression and alcohol abuse - like father, like son, like grandfather, like father, like great grandfather, like grandfather; 23. The woman with psychotic depression responsive to her own TMS machine; 24. The boy getting kicked out of his classroom; 25. The young man whose dyskinesia was prompt and not tardive; 26. The patient whose daughter wouldn't give up; 27. The psychotic arsonist who burned his house and tried to burn himself; 28. The woman with depression whose Parkinson's Disease vanished; 29. The depressed man who thought he was out of options; 30. The woman who was either manic or fat; 31. The girl who couldn't find a doctor; 32. The man who wondered if once a bipolar always a bipolar?; 33. Suck it up, soldier, and quit whining; 34. The young man who is failing to launch; 35. The young cancer survivor with panic; 36. The man whose antipsychotic almost killed him; 37. The painful man who soaked up his opiates like a sponge; 38. The woman with an ever fluctuating mood; 39. The psychotic sex offender with grandiosity and mania; 40. The elderly man with schizophrenia and Alzheimer's Disease; Index.
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