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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Marilyn Johnson, PhD (Rush Medical College of Rush University)
Description: The book addresses the treatment of more than 20 psychological disorders. Etiology, epidemiology, assessment methods, and recommendations for treatment and case examples are provided for each disorder.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide strategies for selecting the optimal therapy for most of the disorders seen by psychotherapists; potential difficulties and alternative therapies are also presented.
Audience: The book is directed at practitioners, whether psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, or nurses. It will be of greatest help to behavioral therapists and pharmacotherapists because most of the recommended treatments fall in their areas.
Features: The book has only a few tables. The references are current and useful. An author index would have been welcome.
Assessment: This book will be useful to most practitioners. It provides a starting place for the practitioner unfamiliar with certain disorders. Its emphasis on behavior and drug therapy will make it helpful primarily to practitioners of these therapy approaches. A chapter on eating disorders could have replaced the few chapters that covered less commonly seen disorders. This is a good book for all psychotherapists.