Lippincott's Primary Care Psychiatry

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Lippincott's Primary Care Psychiatry, part of the Primary Care Series, helps family practitioners, internists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and mental health practitioners understand, diagnose, and effectively treat the most common psychiatric problems seen in the primary care office setting.

The introductory chapter provides practical tips for the primary care psychiatric interview and introduces the "AMPS Screening tool", which is used to quickly screen for the most common psychiatric disorders. Subsequent chapters cover commonly encountered disorders and follow a user-friendly format: Introductory Case; Clinical Highlights; Clinical Significance; Diagnosis; Differential Diagnosis, including "Not to Be Missed" points; Biopsychosocial Treatment, including "When to Refer"; Practice Pointers case studies; ICD-9 codes; and Practical Resources.

Lippincott's Primary Care Psychiatry includes chapters on depression, anxiety, psychosis, substance disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, and unexplained physical symptoms. Special topic chapters on geriatric psychiatry, sleep disorders, suicide and violence risk assessment, and cultural considerations are also included.


  • Full-color series design
  • Anatomical wall chart for your office
  • Consistent format throughout with specific headings
  • Appendices include time-saving strategies and medication table
  • Most authors dually trained in primary care and psychiatry

A companion Website includes fully searchable text and patient handouts for various psychiatric disorders.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Heather Huang, MD (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health)
Description: This book reviews the basics of psychiatric disorders for practicing primary care physicians, covering the highlights of epidemiology, clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, relevant laboratory data, treatment, and when to refer to a psychiatrist.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a &quote;practical, easy-to-use educational tool that will help primary care and mental health trainees and providers feel more comfortable and confident when assessing and treating the most commonly encountered conditions in primary care psychiatry.&quote;
Audience: It is intended for primary care providers, medical subspecialists, and anyone who may encounter patients with mental health issues. The authors are exceptionally qualified as they are all dually board certified in medicine and psychiatry, grappling with issues at this interface on a daily basis.
Features: The book is organized conceptually into chapters on the various adult psychiatric disorders. Two additional chapters review suicide and violence assessment as well as the psychiatric interview, with suggestions on how best to conduct one in the setting of a medical interview. Excellent graphs and tables concisely highlight key points of each section and the book includes a patient education poster of depression that can be hung in the office. The book also comes with free access to the contents online.
Assessment: This is a wonderfully organized book that distills an incredible amount of information into easily digestible points. Case vignettes keep the material engaging. Because of their dual training, the authors have unique insight into the needs of medical practitioners. At a time when so many patients present with mental health concerns, this is a must-have for the shelf of every primary care provider.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781798211
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 4/20/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 516,471
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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