Description: This book attempts to address the changes occurring in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients in psychiatry.
Purpose: The editors of this third edition note their main interest is to provide a "useful guide to current best practice," "aid in the management of individual patients," and "inspire ... the next generation of clinicians and researchers."
Audience: It is geared primarily as a reference for those providing clinical services to patients in the mental healthcare field (such as social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, and nurse practitioners, as well as trainees in these respective areas). Additionally, it may serve as a quick resource for others interested in information about various psychiatric disorders.
Features: In addition to addressing each of the major recognized diagnostic categories, this book tackles most of the subspecialty areas (forensic, geriatric, child and adolescent, addiction, etc.) in psychiatry. Pages contain limited footnotes to illustrate where more information can be found, and one of the last chapters, on difficult and urgent situations, is particularly useful for trainees. Since the authors are from the U.K., the section of resources lists mostly European organizations.
Assessment: The timing of this edition is slightly unfortunate, as it was released using DSM-IV criteria just as the DSM-5 was published, which changed some of the criteria for selected psychiatric disorders, as well as how some of the diagnoses are classified or named (i.e. "Mild Mental Retardation" is now referred to as "Intellectual Disability Disorder"). Despite this, the book is very capable of briefly educating its readers about a wide range of mental health issues using current information and practice. And, as a result of its small size, it is quite portable, making it a practical book to have in any location.