A Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology

A Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology

by Alan F. Schatzberg, Jonathan O. Cole
     
 

Compatible with DSM-IV, this manual provides concise and updated guidance in the selection and prescription of appropriate drug therapies for individual patients. It reviews all classes of psychiatric medications, including new drugs such as olanzapine, sertindole, gabapentin, mirtazapine, and venlafaxine. Updated information on side effects and dosages is included.…  See more details below

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Compatible with DSM-IV, this manual provides concise and updated guidance in the selection and prescription of appropriate drug therapies for individual patients. It reviews all classes of psychiatric medications, including new drugs such as olanzapine, sertindole, gabapentin, mirtazapine, and venlafaxine. Updated information on side effects and dosages is included. Special chapters address the pharmacotherapy of chemical dependence and abuse and emergency room treatment, as well as treatment recommendations for children, mentally retarded people, elderly people, and other special patient groups.

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3 Stars from Doody
Katherine A. Tracy
This third edition provides up-to-date information on drug therapies for psychiatric disorders to aid the clinician in making informed decisions regarding treatment selection as well as subsequent management. The authors present basic and practical information regarding psychiatric medications and provide current information regarding newer agents in a usable clinical guide. Information is derived from scientific literature and common clinical use. This is a useful manual for all practitioners of clinical psychopharmacology. In particular, it should be a valuable resource for medical students and psychiatric residents. Nurses and therapists who care for patients receiving psychotropic medications may also find it useful. An adequate number of tables and figures complement the text. References are current, but the text is sparsely referenced (as acknowledged by the authors). An extensive bibliography follows each chapter, and the appendixes include suggested reading lists for clinicians and for patients and their families. This third edition is a valuable, extremely readable resource for residents in training as well as those currently practicing psychopharmacology. Classes of psychotropic medications are reviewed, including recommendations on selection, dosing, and management of side effects. The authors will often highlight changes in treatment recommendations that have evolved since the earlier edition of 1991. Agents approved since the second edition are reviewed, such as nefazodone, venlafaxine, mirtazapine, risperidone, and olanzapine. Agents not yet approved or not approved for certain indications are also discussed, such as sertindole, quetiapine, gabapentin, andlamotragine. Chapters address varied topics: medicolegal issues, psychoeconomics, combination therapy, and special populations (pregnant women, children and adolescents, mentally retarded, geriatric , and others). This useful and practical reference replaces the earlier edition.
Booknews
Updates the first edition of 1986 with added sections on new drugs, expanded sections on important agents, more detailed treatment strategies for various disorders and situations, and other updates with the latest information from the literature and the authors' clinical practice. Spiral binding. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Doodys Health Sciences Book Review Journal
This third edition is a valuable, extremely readable resource for residents in training as well as those currently practicing psychopharmacology. Four stars
—Doody's Health Sciences Book Review Journal).
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Reviewer: Aaron Plattner, MD (Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services)
Description: This eighth edition of a guide to psychotropic medications updates the 2010 edition, reflecting the diagnostic changes in the DSM-5 and recent research data.
Purpose: The authors continue to provide "a readable, up-to-date guide to clinical psychopharmacology," an extremely important objective given the continually expanding number of psychotropic agents available. The authors excel at achieving their objective.
Audience: The authors indicate their target audience is psychiatrists who prescribe medications and students in psychiatry. Because it is so practical, the book can be used by the identified audience as well as other healthcare providers (PAs, NPs, PCPs).
Features: The book begins with the foundation of the general principles of psychopharmacological treatment and reviews the changes in the DSM-5. The next six chapters examine the common categories of psychiatric medications including antipsychotics, stimulants, and antidepressants, among others. The final four chapters review augmentation strategies and the different treatment considerations in different settings and populations such as the emergency department, children, and for substance abuse. Each chapter has helpful graphics and ends with a bibliography. An appendix with recommended reading options and a helpful index conclude the manual. It would be more convenient to place the recommended readings in the relevant sections that reference them instead of grouping them together at the end of the book.
Assessment: As a resident psychiatrist, one of my attending psychiatrists suggested I use this book in my training. I continue to rely on it because of its superior quality as a clinically practical and useful resource. Readers can open the book to a desired section and quickly educate themselves on a particular topic related to common psychiatric medications in a much more efficient and data-driven way than any by using other books or websites. Because the authors rightly strive to keep this manual a reasonable size, some readers may need to turn to other resources to learn about psychotropic medications that are not as commonly used.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780880480369
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/1986
Pages:
312

What People are saying about this

Carl Salzman

This 8th edition, like earlier editions, is an outstanding resource for all who prescribe medications to individuals with psychiatric disorders or symptoms needing treatment. I recommend this 8th edition to all practitioners who may prescribe medications to these individuals; I also believe that this Manual will also be a useful resource for mental health clinicians who do not prescribe medications.

Charles B. Nemeroff
The long-awaited new edition of the Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology fulfills all expectations...this manual becomes an essential part of every psychiatrist's practice. Succinct, yet comprehensive, it is truly a how-to of psychopharmacology...this manual should have a prominent place in every practitioner's office-not on the shelf, but on the desk.

Meet the Author

Alan F. Schatzberg, M.D., is Kenneth T. Norris, Jr., Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California.

Charles DeBattista, D.M.H., M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Depression Clinic and Research Program, and Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California.

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