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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This condensed, straightforward, informative drug guide is the first of its kind directed at nonphysician mental health professionals.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an effective, jargon-free handbook for the mental health professional. This drug guide is designed to meet the needs of clinicians in practice as well as those in teaching and research. The editors of the PDR have developed a uniquely distinct guide which is clearly not a carbon copy or a watered-down version of the traditional PDR. Given the complexity of the mental health field and the ever-changing clinical environment, this guide is a genuinely worthy contribution.
Audience: It is written mainly for nonphysician mental health professionals who routinely are providing services such as psychotherapy to patients who are on a number of psychotropic medications from other physician providers. The book is written at an appropriate level and clearly seeks to educate and inform the mental health professional.
Features: The guide is quite impressive and is divided into five sections. Section one provides detailed psychotropic drug profiles for 72 medications. These are arranged alphabetically for quick reference. Section two details the potential interactions with psychotropic medications. Section three discusses the most common prescription drugs and their uses. Section four discusses the mental and emotional side effects of medications. Section five provides an overview of 35 herbs and nutritional supplements which are currently available for emotional and mental problems. Readers will appreciate the appendix which lists over 500 prescription drug products with the potential for abuse. Abuse is ranked by high, medium, or low potential. Finally, the indexes are the quick reference for the busy clinician. One of the glaring shortcomings is the lack of a product identification guide which many of us have become accustomed to when working with patients. This guide is in the PDR and is a beneficial resource as it shows the actual tablet, capsule, etc. of the medication. Perhaps the second edition will have this guide.
Assessment: Overall, this a very impressive and user friendly drug guide. The standard PDR is quite cumbersome compared to this 861-page marvel. This drug guide is an informative, unbiased, and highly focused source for the busy mental health professional. It is a must have and is exceptionally well-priced for the wealth of information it provides.