Schizophrenia is one of the most challenging brain disorders a mental health professional can face, yet its causes and cure remain elusive. Written by experts from a wide range of psychiatric disciplines to serve as a singular resource, Essentials of Schizophrenia clearly defines the current knowledge of the nature, causes, and treatment of this disorder and puts the many misconceptions about this disabling illness into perspective.

Schizophrenia is so devastating because it ...

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Schizophrenia is one of the most challenging brain disorders a mental health professional can face, yet its causes and cure remain elusive. Written by experts from a wide range of psychiatric disciplines to serve as a singular resource, Essentials of Schizophrenia clearly defines the current knowledge of the nature, causes, and treatment of this disorder and puts the many misconceptions about this disabling illness into perspective.

Schizophrenia is so devastating because it robs people of the very things that make them human -- their personality and intellect. Symptoms typically have their onset in early adulthood, and the disorder often leaves the individual permanently disabled. This book leads readers through questions surrounding this debilitating disorder, from an historical overview and review of epidemiology to consideration of comorbid conditions. Key topics covered in this text include: • Identification of early signs of cognitive impairment and the resulting psychopharmalogical treatment strategies for improving social or vocational function.

• Role of antipsychotics, antianxiety/hypnotics, antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and dopamine agonists in treatment and associated side effects.

• Current proven psychosocial interventions that augment and complement drug therapy, and increased patient involvement in choice of treatment modality.

• Keys to early identification of individuals who are vulnerable to schizophrenia, and the potential for earlier intervention and treatment.

• Optimal treatment approaches for first episodes to increase the likelihood of full recovery.

• Answers to frequently asked questions raised by psychiatrists in daily encounters with their patients with schizophrenia.

A must-read for anyone involved in the care and treatment of individuals with schizophrenia, Essentials of Schizophrenia helps the reader better understand the disorderin an accessible format. Squarely confronting a misunderstood disease that has caused great suffering and disability, this textbook serves as a dependable source of knowledge for current psychiatric professionals as well as the next generation of students and clinicians to come.

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Reviewer: Aaron Plattner, MD (Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services)
Description: The authors of the comprehensive The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Schizophrenia (American Psychiatric Publishing, 2006) present this book that focuses more on the clinical essentials of schizophrenia.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate readers about the recent encouraging data regarding schizophrenia, specifically in the context of treatment. The editors aim is to update the readers' knowledge base as well as provide a reference.
Audience: The authors indicate a very broad audience of "psychiatrists and mental health care professionals" and "trainees and students." All these audiences will benefit from this book, but, because of its format, those who directly provide treatment to patients with schizophrenia will benefit the most.
Features: The 10 chapters cover epidemiology and natural history, psychopathology, prodrome and first episode, neurocognitive impairments, social and functional impairments, co-occurring substance use and other psychotic disorders, medical comorbidities, pharmacotherapies, psychosocial therapies, and treatment of chronic schizophrenia. The chapters are broken up into paragraphs with bolded subject lines and use italicized key words to highlight key concepts. Most chapters have illustrations, including tables and figures, and all have summaries and references.
Assessment: Various books have sections on schizophrenia covering treatment, background, and psychopathology, but this is the first book I have read that specifically covers schizophrenia. The authors do a good job of exciting readers about the recent progress that has been made in the treatment of schizophrenia as well as identifying future research potential. The majority of the book excels at presenting very complicated information in a form that is easy to comprehend, but it has significantly fewer illustrations than I would expect. The decision to include full references within the text makes some sections difficult to read, as references would take up more than one line. Subsequent editions would benefit from more illustrations and should use numbers in the text that correlate with references at the end of the chapters for a smoother read. The sections covering psychopharmacology, with the exception of oral antipsychotic medications, had insufficient information on dosing strategies. The sections on injection antipsychotics need more data regarding treatment strategies for transitioning from oral to injection treatment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585629695
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/24/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 284
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D., is Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, Director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and Psychiatrist-in-Chief at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center in New York, New York.

T. Scott Stroup, M.D., M.P.H., is Director of the Program for Intervention Effectiveness Research and Associate Director for Adult Services in the Division of Mental Health Services and Policy Research at New York State Psychiatric Institute, Department of Psychiatry of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in New York, New York.

Diana O. Perkins, M.D., M.P.H., is Professor and Medical Director of OASIS (Outreach and Support Intervention Services) in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Preface. Epidemiology and natural history. Psychopathology. Prodrome and first episode. Neurocognitive impairments. Social and functional impairments. Co-occurring substance use and other psychiatric disorders. Medical comorbiditites. Pharmacotherapies. Psychosocial therapies. Treatment of chronic schizophrenia. Index.

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