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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Aaron Plattner, MD (Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services)
Description: Through the contributions of various leaders in psychiatry, this book describes the approach to patients with treatment-resistance psychiatric disorders.
Purpose: A high percentage of psychiatric treatment is provided by family practitioners and other nonspecialists who then refer patients to psychiatrists and other mental health providers after patients fail first- or even second-line treatment. With this understanding, the book covers the treatment approaches to several psychiatric conditions that do not respond to initial treatment. This book is vital because of the volume of research in this area and the resulting need for updated treatment approaches for diseases that are affecting a great number of people.
Audience: The editor describes this book as "a must have for practitioners, psychiatric residents, and other mental health workers." While any healthcare provider may benefit from this book, those who are referred patients likely will make the best use of it. It is helpful largely due to the editor's choice of authors who are leaders in their particular areas.
Features: The book appropriately begins by addressing the problem of treatment resistant psychiatric conditions before covering the different psychiatric disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, insomnia, substance abuse disorders, anorexia/bulimia, and childhood mood disorders. Each chapter uses charts, tables, and graphs to illustrate the information and ends with references.
Assessment: I have read books addressing specific psychiatric diseases, and they often cover the problem of treatment resistance of that specific condition, but this book is outstanding because it covers all the major psychiatric conditions. Further, each chapter manages to efficiently condense a large amount of information into a manageable presentation that is practical for readers. I appreciate how the book illustrates various treatment options, along with detailed pharmacological treatments. I look forward to future editions as research continues into additional treatment options.