Clinical Manual for Treatment of Schizophrenia

Clinical Manual for Treatment of Schizophrenia

by John Lauriello
     
 

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The Clinical Manual for the Treatment of Schizophrenia provides a wide-ranging, empirically based review of assessment and treatment issues in schizophrenia, offered from a multicultural and supremely patient-centered perspective. The following features reflect the care taken in developing this manual, as well as the inclusive nature of the contents: • The

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The Clinical Manual for the Treatment of Schizophrenia provides a wide-ranging, empirically based review of assessment and treatment issues in schizophrenia, offered from a multicultural and supremely patient-centered perspective. The following features reflect the care taken in developing this manual, as well as the inclusive nature of the contents: • The initial chapter offers a thorough introduction to the disease -- its history, etiology, epidemiology, risk factors, and social aspects -- seen through the lens of a case study. The chapter ends with an overview of the diagnostic process, allowing the reader to place what follows into context. • The basic science underlying schizophrenia is explained next, with coverage of biological markers; brain structure, function, and cytology; the dopamine and glutamate hypotheses; and the neurodevelopmental model of the disease. • The chapter on clinical assessment focuses on making the differential diagnosis according to established criteria, with emphasis on a person-oriented approach that takes into account early trauma, stressful events, and the subjective well-being of the patient. • Subsequent chapters explore cognition, comorbidity, substance abuse, and treatment-resistant symptoms in schizophrenia. • Finally, chapters on the pharmacological and psychosocial treatment of schizophrenia compare and contrast these approaches, ensuring that the reader is completely up-to-date and knowledgeable about available treatment options. Clinicians who work with schizophrenic patients in a variety of settings -- from private practice to emergency departments -- will benefit from the scholarship and experience of this manual's astute and insightful authors.

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Reviewer: Aaron Plattner, MD (Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services)
Description: This is a comprehensive manual for the treatment of patients with the disease of schizophrenia.
Purpose: Using the most up-to-date research data from international experts in the field of schizophrenia, the editors strive to educate readers on the diagnosis and management of schizophrenia, which they successfully achieve. Because of the impact of schizophrenia on those with the condition and their families, those who treat individuals suffering from schizophrenia, and society as a whole, this book is needed.
Audience: The editors state that the book is "grounded in biological science and espouses a down-to-earth approach that both clinicians on the front lines and beginning medical students will appreciate." This is accomplished by combining the work of several authors who are very qualified in their particular area of schizophrenia. While anyone in the field of mental health could benefit from this book, clinicians providing direct care for those with schizophrenia will likely get the most benefit.
Features: After a general introduction, the book reviews different topics in schizophrenia, including basic biological sciences, prodromal phase and first episodes, various clinical aspects, cognitive effects, comorbidities, substance abuse, pharmacological and psychological treatments, treatment resistance, family issues, and remission. Chapters contain a general introduction, various helpful tables and charts, a conclusion, suggestions for future reading, and references. In addition to a subject index, the book contains a list of tables and figures.
Assessment: This well-written book covers very important topics that often are not adequately covered in other books, and I further appreciate how the editors strive to focus on international contributions to the field. Compared to a similar title, Essentials of Schizophrenia, Lieberman et al. (American Psychiatric Publishing, 2012), this book is more complete, informative, and educational for most clinicians, although Essentials may be more useful for medical students or residents early in their careers. Because each chapter in this book contributes to the complete picture, readers will most benefit from reading the whole book. However, each chapter can be read independently for those with a specific area of interest.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585629824
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/24/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
523
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

John Lauriello, M.D., is Professor and Chancellor's Chair of Excellence in Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, and Medical Director of the University of Missouri Psychiatric Center in Columbia, Missouri.

Stefano Pallanti, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florence in Florence, Italy; and Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, New York.

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