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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: The authors of this book provide much needed structure and organization by proposing treatment guidelines for depression. This is the first volume in a series on various topics of mental illness.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide mental health professionals with structure in the development of depression treatment programs. These guidelines are grounded in empirical research, subjected to independent validational study, and can be easily implemented and superimposed upon other treatment modalities to provide increased efficiency and decreased limitations in treatment planning. This is an unprecedented, highly valuable, and fitting contribution to the field of mental health, and the authors' objectives are met.
Audience: Intended mainly for mental health professionals, this book will enhance the seasoned clinician's treatment planning as it is an invaluable guide for the young practitioner as well as any healthcare professional providing service to depressed patients. The authors are well-versed in the field of mental health, research-oriented, consistently and refreshingly unbiased, and focused on providing quality care to the depressed patient.
Features: The authors appropriately begin with a detailed overview of the issues and problems that arise in the development of treatment guidelines, and follow this with an excellent representation of the necessity for appropriate diagnosis and assessment. The nature of depression, research issues, benefits of treatment, and education and training are discussed in considerable detail ensuring an adequate understanding of the guidelines proposed. The guidelines are supported by pertinent past and current literature making the bibliography a veritable "who's who" in the mental health field. The index and tables are appropriately organized to provide quick reference. The authors incorporate the applicability of the guidelines with case studies and provide the reader with the confidence to implement them in practice.
Assessment: The vast amount of choices for practitioners to make in the treatment of the depressed patient can be overwhelming and confusing. With this book the authors provide depression guidelines based upon treatment principles rather than specific treatment theories or models which can be impractical, limiting, and unsupported. These guidelines are malleable and enable the practitioner to construct appropriate and individualized treatment plans for the patient. If this book is any indication of what to expect from future volumes on mental illness, mental health professionals will be extremely fortunate. In a system which desperately needs a set of guidelines that are grounded in empirical research and are logical, practical, and unadulterated by professional motives and agendas, the authors of this book truly have heard the call.