Description: This book provides an excitingly new and refreshing perspective on the strong consideration for the integration of psychotherapy and psychopharmacotherapy within the field of psychiatry.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide mental health professionals with new knowledge and insight regarding integrated treatment. This treatment modality has long been overlooked and undervalued, and the authors who collaborated on this book shed new light upon what may possibly be the future of mental health treatment. The book discusses the various clinical indications, provides challenging scenarios, interesting approaches, and applicable interventions in implementing integrated treatment. This is an indispensable and unquestionably worthwhile contribution to the field of mental health thus meeting the author's objectives.
Audience: Intended mainly for psychiatrists, this book will augment the seasoned clinician's treatment planning and approaches, serve as an invaluable guide for the young practitioner, and may be beneficial for the practicing clinical psychologist. The authors who collaborated on this book are notable clinicians and researchers who are well-versed in the field of mental health, abreast of the current directions in which the field is heading, and focused on providing both quality and comprehensive care to patients.
Features: This book appropriately begins with an introduction to integrated treatment that includes an overview of the applicability across psychiatric disorders supported by case vignettes and followed by recommendations for the clinician. Notable chapters include integrated treatment for borderline personality disorder, psychodynamic therapy and medication, and an insightful chapter by Judith Bock on cognitive therapy. The tables are appropriately organized, and the case vignettes supplement each chapter by providing clinicians with familiar patient presentations.
Assessment: The barrage of information in psychiatry has become overwhelming, and the distinction of who is and who is not an authority in the field can sometimes be overshadowed by the need for information. This book emerges from the shadows as it brings together notable authors with insightful and pertinent approaches to the comprehensive care of psychiatric patients.