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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.