Essential Guide to Psychiatric Drugs / Edition 4

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Informative, accessible, and easy to use, "The Essential Guide to Psychiatric Drugs "has become a classic and indispensable resource for the layperson and professional alike. With detailed descriptions of all the psychiatric medications available today, including their uses, side-effects, cost, dosage, and more, consumers can take an active role in their mental health and know what to expect from specific drugs. Completely updated to include the latest drugs and research, this invaluable guide also includes: -Information on six new antidepressants similar to Prozac, including Paxil, Effexor, and Wellbutrin -Revolutionary new drug treatments for nicotine addiction -Depakote, a new treatment for anxiety disorders -And much more

Geared for general readers and therapists alike, this authoritative guide gives patients and their families a full understanding of the implications of any psychiatric drug that has been prescribed. Accessible and easy to read, the guide has been updated with new information about Prozac. Martin's. Medical

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Much ignorance and many misconceptions exist about psychotropic prescription drugs (antidepressants, tranquilizers, antipsychotics, hypnotics, etc.), since people are often reluctant to ask questions about these drugs, even though they are among the most heavily prescribed. This is reason enough to recommend the book; the only minor quibble is some unnecessary repetition in the text. The information is no more technical than is needed to deal with this complex subject; most current comparable titles are aimed at the health practitioner. This book is also far more comprehensible than such readily available titles as the Physicians' Desk Reference .-- Mary Chitty, Massachusetts Coll. of Pharmacy & Allied Health Sciences, Boston
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Psychopharmacology has changed so radically in the last few years that Gorman (psychiatry, Mount Sinai Sch. of Medicine, New York) has updated this clear, balanced, and authoritative guide three times since the first edition appeared in 1997. Gorman stresses the field's human aspect: he promotes good history taking (at least an hour's worth) by the treating psychiatrist, encourages patients and family members to ask questions, and emphasizes the value of feeling better over other considerations, including insight. He sees the worth of psychotherapy, giving examples where medication is not appropriate, and addresses well the subject of electro-convulsive therapy (i.e., shock therapy) in a positive light. Gorman no longer takes fees from drug companies, is somewhat critical of their promotional ties to physicians, and strongly supports the use of cheaper generic medication when available. The chapters review all the usual syndromes, so the book is a general guide to symptoms and diagnoses as well as to drug treatment. Since most psychiatric drugs are prescribed by nonpsychiatric physicians, this work will be useful for them and for nurse practitioners as well as for patients and families. Essential for all general libraries.
—E. James Lieberman

In this guide for consumers and practitioners, Dr. Gorman psychiatry, Columbia U.; director, NY State Psychiatric Institute presents the latest psychotropic medications e.g. Effexor, Zyprexa, and Depakote<-->detailing indications, side effects, and other sometimes controversial issues. Includes glossary, reading list. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
One terrific pocket (3.25x6.75") guide, providing expert but nontechnical psychiatric drug information, revised and updated from the first (hardcover) edition of 1990. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
From the Publisher
"An outstanding book about these drugs for the non-physician." —Carl Salzman, M.D., Director of Psychopharmacology, Harvard Medical School

"This book...meets a critical need...for the millions of people for whom psychiatric drugs are so important. " —Herbert Pardes, Past President of the American Psychiatric Association

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312368791
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/10/2007
  • Edition description: Revised and Updated
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,522,248
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack M. Gorman, M.D. has been involved in psychiatric research, teaching, and patient care for more than two decades. He is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
Who Should Use This Book and How Should It Be Used?
Introduction to the Third Edition
Drug Directory
1 Be an Informed Consumer! 3
2 How Do I Know If I Need a Psychiatric Drug? 9
3 Psychotherapy, Drugs, or Both? 15
4 How Do I Get Psychiatric Drugs? 21
5 What Are Side Effects? 31
6 How Long Should I Take a Psychiatric Drug? 35
7 Drugs Used to Treat Depression 47
8 Drugs Used to Treat Anxiety 121
9 Drugs Used to Treat Manic Depression (Bipolar Mood Disorder) 173
10 Drugs Used to Treat Schizophrenia 197
11 Sleeping Pills 255
12 Drugs Used to Treat Drug Abuse 285
13 Treating the Violent Patient 307
14 Family, Environment, and Genetics 313
15 Weight Loss and Weight Gain 319
16 Sex and Psychiatric Drugs 327
17 Treating the Elderly 333
18 Psychiatric Drugs and Pregnancy 341
19 AIDS: Dealing with Psychiatric Problems 347
20 Generic Versus Brand: What's in a Name? 355
21 How Psychiatric Drugs Work 361
A Final Note 371
Glossary of Terms 375
Suggestions for Further Reading 383
Index 386
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