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From The CriticsReviewer: Ozlem Dubauskas, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a book about different treatment approaches and their use and comparisons in psychiatric disorders.
Purpose: This book is meant to be a guide to treatment of certain disorders, with information about different treatment techniques and how to pproach patients with available treatment methods.
Audience: The audience is psychiatrists, psychiatry residents, psychologists, and social workers. The book is useful for any clinician who evaluates and follows up patients with psychiatric problems on an outpatient basis.
Features: The first part of the book is an introduction to major treatment approaches including dynamic, behavioral, cognitive, behavioral, and pharmacotherapy. Other parts include diagnostic issues (along with a comprehensive focus on DSM-IV) and treatments of chemical dependency, depression, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders, as well as borderline personality disorder. Each disorder is broken down into different chapters in which different treatment methods for the particular disorder are described. Combinations of treatment methods are discussed with comparisons. Treatments in relation to managed care are evaluated in great detail. Case illustrations and example dialogues between the therapist and the patient enhance the understanding of the material. Literature reviews of individual and combination treatment outcomes are very enlightening. Special populations are also discussed in great detail. Each chapter includes a summary and a list of resources including the web sites. This book is a great source of recent literature references. Tables and figures illustrate points and present data well. The language used is easy to understand. The index is very helpful.
Assessment: This is an excellent review of different treatment approaches to specific mental disorders. It represents a current way of thinking about treatment.