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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: The practicing clinician is presented with a thorough and easily accessible way of diagnosing and selecting the appropriate treatment options for the panic disordered individual in this book. Thus, the latest, most relevant information is expertly summarized for the busy clinician.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide clinicians of diverse perspectives the necessary tools and knowledge to allow them to select the most effective and pertinent treatment for patients suffering from the various presentations of panic disorder. Additionally, the authors have written this to be a both an everyday handbook as well as an objective source in which a number of treatment perspectives are considered. Their objectives are unquestionably met.
Audience: Targeted to mental healthcare professionals, this book will undoubtedly serve the needs of practicing clinicians, and will be an excellent teaching tool for psychiatry residents, medical students, and graduate students. The editors are objective, respected, and highly knowledgeable members of the mental healthcare field.
Features: The book fittingly begins with a detailed overview of the history of panic disorder and the various theories of panic. The emphasis on diagnosis, especially in regards to differential diagnosis, is a chapter every clinician who treats panic disorder must read. There is an excellent discussion of the assessment of panic disorder, complete with descriptions and the psychometric properties of various measurement instruments. Treatment strategies are presented objectively and the editors stress the importance of selecting the appropriate treatment for the individual patient. Highlights include extensive past and current literature, a quick reference index with tables appropriately placed, short case vignettes to enhance understanding, and an informative appendix section complete with referral sources and a model of a treatment plan.
Assessment: In keeping up with the ever-evolving mental health field and the need for accurate diagnosis and effective treatment, clinicians may feel overwhelmed by the bombardment of information. This book represents the successful union between the wealth of information available and the demand for an uncomplicated, yet practical resource for everyday use in panic disorder.