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When psychoactive drug therapy works, the results can seem nothing less than miraculous. But the success stories should not blind healers to the ever-looming possibility of serious adverse effects. Due in part to increased public concern, research into the relative efficacy and potential dangers of psychotropics in children has increased greatly over the past several years, leading to a rapid sustained growth in the already vast and unwieldy body of information in the field.
Designed to help mental health practitioners working with children and adolescents make the most well-informed assessment and treatment choices possible, Diagnosis and Psychopharmacology of Childhood and Adolescent Disorders, Second Edition is a comprehensive guide to state-of-the-art diagnosis and psychotropic treatment of childhood and adolescent psychiatric and behavioral disorders. Edited by the past president of the American Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and featuring contributions from a number of leading researchers and clinicians, this authoritative manual:
To facilitate easy reference, Diagnosis and Psychopharmacology of Childhood and Ado-lescent Disorders, Second Edition is organized by major category of disorder. Each disorder-specific chapter features an overview of the phenomenology and epidemiology of the disorder and comprehensive coverage of a variety of treatment modalities. Each chapter also provides a thorough review of psychopharmacological treatments—with special attention to side effects, clinical usage, efficacy, and prognosis.
Despite the rising popularity of drug therapy for childhood and adolescent psychiatric disorders, the prevailing attitude throughout this book is one of caution, with most authors viewing drugs as the treatment of last resort. Careful consideration is given to the differential implications of drug therapy at each stage of development, and the need to factor the developmental stage of each individual patient into the treatment strategy is stressed. Diagnosis and Psychopharmacology of Childhood and Adolescent Disorders, Second Edition is a valuable working resource for child and adolescent psychiatrists, general psychiatrists, pediatricians, general practitioners, and all mental health professionals.
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PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC DRUG MANUAL
Third Edition, Revised
Edited by Julie Magno Zito
This totally revised and updated reference provides relevant, documented information on the effectiveness and safety of the most frequently prescribed psychotherapeutic agents. It emphasizes the benefit/risk relationship of prescribing each agent as well as for the use of these agents in combination. Up-to-date coverage includes essential topics, such as psychotic disorders and antipsychotic agents, neuroactive agents for the management of antipsychotic-related effects, bipolar disorder and lithium, pharmacotherapy and pharmacology of major depression, anxiety and sleep disorders, pharmacotherapy of child and adolescent psychiatric disorders, monitoring the use of psychotherapeutic agents, and much more. 1994 (0-471-30530-8) 352 pp.
Volume 1: Theory and Methods
Volume 2: Risk, Disorder, and Adaptation
Edited by Dante Cicchetti and Donald J. Cohen
This impressive two-volume work offers the definitive presentation of a new perspective on mental illness that ties mental disorder to normal development. Developmental psychopathology, which differs significantly from traditional views of mental illness, is rapidly becoming a separate and highly influential subdiscipline of psychiatry/psychology. Volume 1 covers the history, theory, and methods of this new approach. It examines the relationships between developmental psychopathology and genetics, neuropsychology, epidemiology, and ethology, and looks at the implications for psychometric theory. Volume 2 deals with assessment, classification, and diagnosis; risk factors, such as maltreatment and family discord; and the disorders themselves, which run the gamut from mental retardation to addictions to schizophrenia. All of this material is presented from a developmental point of view by leading figures in the field, and senior editor Dante Cicchetti is the leading spokesman for this perspective on psychopathology.
Vol. 1: 1995(0-471-53243-6) 787 pp. Vol. 2: 1995 (0-471-53244-4) 908 pp.
Autism & pervasive developmental disorders/epidemiology of mood disorders/assessment of ADHD/anxiety disorders/etc.
Historical Overview of Childhood and Adolescent Psychopharmacology (J. Wiener, et al.).
A Review of DSM-IV Categories (J. Wiener).
Development Considerations in Psychopharmacology: The Interaction of Drugs and Development (T. Shapiro).
Methodological and Assessment Issues in Pediatric Psychopharmacology (D. Erhardt & C. Connors).
DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT.
Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (M. Campbell, et al.).
Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders (M. Campbell & J. Armenteros).
Affective/Mood Disorders (J. Kashani & J. Nair).
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders (J. Rapoport & F. Castellanos).
Anxiety Disorders (C. Popper & P. Gheradi).
TIC Disorders (K. Towbin & D. Cohen).
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (K. Towbin).
Disorders of Conduct and Behavior (M. Kruesi & D. Lelio).
Eating Disorders (R. Hendren & C. Berenson).
Elimination and Sleep Disorders (D. Shaffer & B. Waslick).