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This practical reference examines the advantages and disadvantages of polypharmacy in psychiatry, and provides up-to-date clinical guidelines on the appropriate use of combinations of pharmacological therapy in major psychiatric disorders-including multidisciplinary approaches to treatment, such as social work and psychopharmacology, and an examination of the psychotherapeutic and historical aspects of polypharmacy.

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Polypharmacy In Psychiatry

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Overview

This practical reference examines the advantages and disadvantages of polypharmacy in psychiatry, and provides up-to-date clinical guidelines on the appropriate use of combinations of pharmacological therapy in major psychiatric disorders-including multidisciplinary approaches to treatment, such as social work and psychopharmacology, and an examination of the psychotherapeutic and historical aspects of polypharmacy.

Consolidates all available and current material on polypharmacy and psychiatry into one comprehensive volume.

Polypharmacy in Psychiatry discusses therapy of
• schizophrenia and the use of atypical antipsychotic agents
• anxiety disorders
• post-traumatic stress disorder and the roles of serotonin, opioids, and glutamate
• bipolar disorder and the use of novel anticonvulsants
• clinical depression and the use of thyroid hormone and lithium augmentation, serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and neuroleptic agents
• psychiatric disorders in children, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, tic disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and conduct disorders
• the medically ill psychiatric patient
• the elderly

Polypharmacy in Psychiatry also discusses
• the use of alternative and herbal medications
• psychosocial aspects of polypharmacy
• the psychology of polypharmacy
• cultural components of polypharmacy
• historical background

Featuring more than 700 works cited, this invaluable reference is essential reading for psychiatrists; psychopharmacologists; behavioral neurologists; psychiatric nurse practitioners; social workers; clinical psychologists and otherpsychotherapists; and upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in these disciplines.

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Though using multiple drugs has long been controversial in medicine as a whole, it has been gaining popularity in psychiatry. Researchers, instructors, and practitioners in the field, mostly from Boston-area hospitals, offer a broad view of the practice, from the historical roots of conventional medicine's antipathy, to the psychopharmacological revolution and the rebirth of polypharmacy in psychiatry. Briefly the story is that in the 19th century, practitioners of all sorts would prescribe drugs profligately without much scientific foundation and usually to little effect. Psychiatry missed the reaction against the practice because it had been led away from physical explanations of mental disease by Freud, and so comes again to polypharmacy without a history of opposition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203909027
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/6/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Contributors
1 "All the Worse for the Fishes": Conceptual and Historical Background of Polypharmacy in Psychiatry 1
2 Polypharmacy of Bipolar Disorder 35
3 Polypharmacy of Depression 79
4 Polypharmacy in Schizophrenia 101
5 Polypharmacy of Anxiety Disorders 133
6 Polypharmacy of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder 151
7 Polypharmacy in the Medically Ill Psychiatric Patient 175
8 Polypharmacy in the Elderly 213
9 Polypharmacy in Children and Adolescents 231
10 Psychosocial Aspects of Polypharmacy: The Social Work Perspective 245
11 Polypharmacy of Alternative and Herbal Medications 271
12 The Psychology of Polypharmacy 299
13 "Heroic" Measures: Cultural Aspects of Polypharmacy 311
14 "Our Pills and Potions": Conclusions About Polypharmacy in Psychiatry 323
Index 335
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