Psychiatry in Techno Colors: A Psychiatrist's Memoir of Lessons Learned about Diagnosis and Treatment of Anxiety and Depressionby Neil Liebowitz
"An excellent book for everyone. Dr. Liebowitz explains the life of a psychiatrist and the medications available to help those with anxiety and depression. Anyone who knows someone with depression or anxiety can benefit greatly by his lifetime experiences with patients. It is easy to read and once you start reading
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"An excellent book for everyone. Dr. Liebowitz explains the life of a psychiatrist and the medications available to help those with anxiety and depression. Anyone who knows someone with depression or anxiety can benefit greatly by his lifetime experiences with patients. It is easy to read and once you start reading it, you can't put it down. It is very enlightening to anyone who has this diagnosis or to anyone who knows someone with this. EXCELLENT book and well worth the money. "
The author, Neil Liebowitz, M.D. is the founder and director of the Connecticut Anxiety and Depression Treatment Center in Farmington, Connecticut. "I wrote this book to help patients, loved ones of patients and clinicians who treat people with mental illness to understand the dilemmas in diagnosis and treatment. It is part expose of the faults in psychiatry's troubled past but more importantly it helps to provide a framework to make better choices in medications and therapy selection. My ultimate goal is to make patients and their families colleagues in the treatment decision making, and this involves giving insight into the thought process of a psychiatrist." In this collection of essays he tells clinical pearls about the evolution of modern psychiatric treatment. These are personal stories of the author and his patients that illustrate some of the dilemmas and possible solutions for key psychiatric problems. From growing up on suburban Long Island to residency training at Yale, to an academic career at the University of Connecticut, lessons were learned about how best to understand psychiatric problems and a strategy to treat them. The book has insights for those who want a self help guide and providers looking for treatment manual of strategies from an experienced clinician. It's stories and ideas are meant to help others to become better patients and clinicians. The author hopes that some of his ideas might be tested in the future with more rigorous investigative techniques to either provide support for or show them to be inaccurate observations.
Table of contents:
Forward: William Glazer, MD
Preface: Extending the boundaries by getting real about stigma and patient advocacy
1. Introduction: The phoenix rises from the academic ashes
2. Ode to Freud and latter day disciples
3. The evolution of my psychiatric faith
4. Battle of the titans and how I survived my psychiatry training in turbulent times
5. Seeing is believing, and why I stopped listening to Prozac
6. Psychiatry in techno colors
7. Bad drugs good medications
8. Marketing of a slightly better medication
9. What is my diagnosis, does it matter and who cares?
10. Confessions of a reformed bipolar over-diagnoser and how to see residual ADHD
11. You can't teach old dogs or neurons new tricks- when undesirable medication combinations maybe best
12. The RAM Hypothesis and why remembering everything may make you depressed
13. Origins of panic
14. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; assessing risks and benefits
15. I must be the worst patient you've ever seen; relativity theory
16. Suicide and the need for hope
17. A danger to others
18. Study conclusions, lies and statistics
19. Afterward-The future
20. Appendix: Depression treatment paradigms
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Meet the Author
Dr. Liebowitz graduated as an Echols scholar and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia in 1978. He worked as a research assistant at Stanford University during a year off from college in 1977. He graduated from Stony Brook University Medical School in 1982 including psychiatry clerkship at Long Island Jewish/ Hillside Hospital during the release of DSM III. A Psychiatry sub-internship was completed at Columbia University Psychiatric Institute in 1981. He completed his psychiatric residency at Yale University in 1986. After completion he joined the Psychiatry faculty at the University of Connecticut where he remains an assistant clinical professor. He opened the Connecticut Anxiety and Depression treatment center in 1994. His peripatetic training provided for a diversity of learning experiences with a need to make sense of very diverse and divergent expert opinions. He has won many awards including Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.
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