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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Aaron Plattner, MD (Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services)
Description: Part of the Oxford Psychiatry Library series, which strives to educate readers in a clear and concise way about different psychiatric disorders, this book focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of panic disorder and agoraphobia.
Purpose: People who suffer from panic disorder with or without agoraphobia present not only in psychiatric settings, but also in other medical settings. The editors wish to provide a short yet complete manual for healthcare professionals to be successful in treating those suffering from panic disorder to live a more productive life.
Audience: The authors identify the audience as psychiatrists and psychologists, in addition to general practitioners, cardiologists, neurologists, and other medical specialists and healthcare providers who may encounter people suffering from panic disorders. While any of these healthcare providers can benefit from this book, those who are not primarily involved in mental healthcare will get the most out of this book, as psychiatrists and psychologists should be reading more detailed books. Although emergency room physicians are not specifically identified as an audience, they would also benefit from this book.
Features: The book first explains how to make an appropriate diagnosis of panic disorder, including important diagnoses to be ruled out. The next section reviews research findings that point to different hypotheses of the etiology of panic disorders. The book concludes by reviewing both pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatments for panic disorder. Each chapter begins with key points, uses a variety of graphics to improve readers' ability to remember the information, and concludes with references and information for future reading. The book ends with an overall summary, two helpful appendixes, and an index.
Assessment: This is an excellent resource on panic disorder and agoraphobia. The authors do a great job of providing readers with a solid foundation on these disorders, including appropriate treatment options. I appreciate the graphics, which enable quick referencing, including the panic and agoraphobia scale in appendix 2. While the etiology section is interesting, because of its nonspecific nature, future editions likely do not require as much detail. Although this book carries a 2014 copyright, it still references the DSM-IV instead of the DSM-5. Future editions should reference the most recent DSM-5 version.