Depression and Bipolar Disorder: Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology / Edition 3

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Essential. Trusted. Indispensable. Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology has established itself as the preeminent source of education and information in its field. This much-expanded third edition relies on advances in neurobiology and recent clinical developments to explain the concepts underlying drug treatment of psychiatric disorders. In addition to redrawn art, an improved and more readable layout, and 30% more illustrations, the Third Edition has four all-new chapters on Psychiatric Genetics, Chronic Pain and Functional Somatic Syndromes, Disorders of Sleep, and Disorders of Cognition. Covered within are new neurotransmitter systems; theories on schizophrenia; clinical advances in antipsychotic and antidepressant therapy; coverage of attention deficit disorder and drug abuse; and new coverage of sleep disorders, chronic pain, and disorders of impulse control. This volume is indispensable for all students and professionals in mental health, enabling them to master the complexities of psychopharmacology.

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Reviewer: Raj Tummala, MD (Wyeth Pharmaceuticals)
Description: This is the latest update of companion to Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology that focuses on the treatment of depression and bipolar disorder.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a reader friendly, easy to understand book on the fundamentals of psychopharmacology related to depression and bipolar disorder.
Audience: It is targeted at anyone dealing with the treatment of patients with affective disorders including students, residents, clinicians, nurses, and psychopharmacologists.
Features: This new edition captures the shift from the receptor model to brain circuits and signal transduction cascades. The book covers three topics: mood disorders, antidepressants, and mood stabilizers. The first chapter discusses the nomenclature, diagnosis, and course of depressive and bipolar disorders and details brain circuits that are responsible for producing the symptoms that are associated with them. New to this edition is information on brain imaging studies that help in identifying brain regions that are affected. The chapters on antidepressants and mood stabilizers capture the latest advances in drug development as well as drugs in the pipeline. This edition covers depression in women in greater detail with a focus on estrogen. Symptom-based algorithms of depression and bipolar disorder are useful in helping clinicians decide the class of drugs for the respective symptoms. Unique to Dr. Stahl's books are the illustrations, which have been expanded in this edition to capture the latest advances. Information is presented in conceptual form that makes it easier to read and understand and is augmented with more graphs and tables.
Assessment: This remains a user friendly book while covering all the latest developments in psychopharmacology. The method of teaching through illustration and conceptual form should continue to make it very popular.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521714129
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Series: Essential Psychopharmacology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,457,970
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen M. Stahl is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California at San Diego. He has conducted numerous research projects awarded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Veterans Administration, and the pharmaceutical industry. Author of more than 200 articles and chapters, Dr. Stahl is an internationally recognized clinician, researcher, and teacher in psychiatry with subspecialty expertise in psychopharmacology.

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Table of Contents

1. Mood disorders; 2. Antidepressants; 3. Mood stabilizers.

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