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Pharmacological and Psychosocial Treatments in Schizophrenia

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Pharmacological and Psychosocial Treatments in Schizophrenia provides a succinct clinical overview of key areas pertinent to the holistic treatment of people with schizophrenia and, in particular, puts firmly back onto the agenda the importance of psychosocial treatments.

The latest data concerning the newer antipsychotic agents and clinical guidelines for their use are reviewed. The real emphasis, however, is on the psychosocial interventions for specific aspects of ...

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Overview

Pharmacological and Psychosocial Treatments in Schizophrenia provides a succinct clinical overview of key areas pertinent to the holistic treatment of people with schizophrenia and, in particular, puts firmly back onto the agenda the importance of psychosocial treatments.

The latest data concerning the newer antipsychotic agents and clinical guidelines for their use are reviewed. The real emphasis, however, is on the psychosocial interventions for specific aspects of schizophrenia symptomatology and disability that have been shown to offer major benefits to recovery in the disorder, and yet have failed to have a high profile in the literature, as more effective biological treatments have become available.

This book offers practical guidance on effective strategies for use in both clinical settings and in the family context, placing the patient (and their family) once again at the centre of therapeutic endeavours. Encouraging professionals to offer a broader therapeutic approach, this book will offer real hope to therapists, patients and families of what can be achieved if psychosocial interventions complement the many psychopharmacological treatments available today.

Key topics include: female patients, treatment resistance, the substance abuser patient, family intervention, helping the patient at work, managing violent behaviour, first episode psychosis and rating scales in schizophrenia.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This is a thorough and extremely well-written book on schizophrenia. Both the pharmacological and psychosocial treatments for schizophrenia are outlined and discussed in great detail with the needed emphasis on the often overlooked psychosocial treatments.
Purpose: The purpose is to address the often overlooked need for psychosocial treatments in schizophrenia which can complement the accepted standard necessity for psychopharmacological intervention. The authors seek to inform the reader about how these psychosocial interventions can be offered and delivered to a population which is so desperately in need of such interventions. The objectives are worthy and timely.
Audience: The audience is clearly everyone in the mental health community who works with patients suffering from schizophrenia. The authors exhibit considerable knowledge, respect for patient well-being, and a true objective stance which promotes addressing the deficiencies in community-based psychiatry.
Features: The entire book is an excellent exploration into the many facets of psychosocial treatment. It addresses a number of worthwhile topics such as depression and anxiety, substance abuse comorbidity, treatment adherence, and family intervention. Readers will find useful the psychopharmacological chapter as well as the chapter on the management of negative symptoms. The illustrations and the overall language is so crisp and practical that readers will be hard-pressed not to use the book in their daily practice.
Assessment: Personally, I found the entire book to be exceptionally well-written, informative, and a tremendous contribution to the field. It takes on not only a disorder which is often less-focused upon, but also the need for effective treatments beyond psychopharmacological intervention. Undoubtedly, it is a book worthy of review by all mental health practitioners and researchers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842145340
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/24/2012
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Castle, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Professorial Fellow, Mental Health Research Institute and University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

David Copolov,University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Professor and Director, Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria, Victoria, Australia

Til Wykes, Institute of Psychiatry, London, Professor and Head of the Centre for Recovery in Severe Psychosis and Service User Research Enterprise, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK

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Table of Contents

Psychopharmacological management of schizophrenia
David J. Castle, Nga Tran, and Deirdre Alderton
Psychological approaches to the management of persistent delusions and hallucinations
Craig Steel, Rumina Taylor, and Til Wykes
The management of negative symptoms
David L. Copolov and David J. Castle
Cognitive dysfunction in schizophrenia
Til Wykes, Evelina Medin, India Webb, and David J. Castle
Depression and anxiety in schizophrenia
David J. Castle, Til Wykes, Natalie Knoesen, and Peter Bosanac
The general health of people with schizophrenia
Urban Ösby, Ginger E. Nicol, and John W. Newcomer
Substance abuse comorbidity in schizophrenia
Wynne James, Kim T. Mueser, and David J. Castle
Management of acute behavioral disturbance in psychosis
David J. Castle, Nga Tran, Peter Bosanac, and Deirdre Alderton
Managing the violent behaviors associated with the schizophrenic syndrome
Paul E. Mullen and Danny H. Sullivan
Understanding and enhancing adherence to treatment in people with schizophrenia
Peter Hayward, Diane Agoro, Sarah Swan, and Til Wykes
Psychological interventions to help people with psychiatric disabilities succeed at work
Morris D. Bell and Jimmy Choi
Enhancing socialization in people with schizophrenia
Anna W. Lui and Shirley M. Glynn
The clinical needs of women with schizophrenia
Jayashri Kulkarni, Paul B. Fitzgerald, and Mary V. Seeman
Schizophrenia in later life
Nicola Lautenschlager, Peter Rabins, and David J. Castle
Family interventions in schizophrenia
Christine Barrowclough, Alison Ram, Chris Fassnidge, and Til Wykes
Models of care in schizophrenia
Tom Burns
A treatment approach to the patient with first-episode schizophrenia
Shon Lewis and Richard Drake
Treatment-resistant schizophrenia
William D. Spaulding, Robert W. Johnson, Jeffrey R. Nolting, and Amanda Collins Messman
Rating scales in schizophrenia: Clinical applicability
Marc Corbière and Tania Lecomte

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