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This fully revised and expanded Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology, Third Edition, enlists advances in neurobiology and recent clinical developments to explain with renewed clarity the concepts underlying drug treatment of psychiatric disorders. Clinical advances in antipsychotic and antidepressant therapy are discussed in detail; new, expanded material includes coverage of sleep disorders, obesity, addiction, chronic pain, and disorders of impulse control. The text also features four new chapters on psychiatric genetics, pain management, treatment of cognitive disorders, and treatment of sleep disorders. The text is also visually enhanced by art that has been increased by 100% and completely redrawn and a layout that has been completely redesigned for increased user friendliness. CME is also offered through questions available on the website of the Neuroscience Education Institute at NElglobal.com. Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology, Third Edition, remains the essential text for students, scientists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals.

About the Author:
Stephen M. Stahl is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California at San Diego

The book contains color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Nishad J. Nadkarni
The author of this magnificent work takes a pedagogical, highly understandable approach to the area of psychopharmacology—from the level of basic biochemistry and receptor action through practical clinical applications of all major classes of psychotropic compounds. This text is written with the ambitious goal of making the complicated field of psychopharmacology accessible, on both the theoretical and ""everyday"" levels, to the practicing clinician. Towards this goal the author succeeds admirably. The author seeks to reach the audience of prescribing mental health professionals with a medical background who seek a basic and clinical level understanding of the medications that they recommend to their patients. Numerous unique features contribute to the author's goal. First, the liberal use of highly schematic color diagrams in each chapter adds to understanding of such concepts as receptor action, timing of drug effects and clinical outcomes. These diagrams are structured in what initially appears to be an oversimplified, ""cartoon"" form. However, upon further examination it is apparent these illustrations are highly effective in elucidating highly complex material. As well, a pure pedagogical approach with questions and answers at the end allows readers to test themselves on the material presented to ensure maximal retention of key concepts. Finally, while not written at the highly advanced level of the ""bench"" researcher in psychopharmacology, as clearly explained by the author, this text nevertheless is the basis of further inquiry since the author includes a fairly complete bibliography for further reading. This book is a bedrock for basic understanding of the complexand fast moving field of psychopharmacology, and should be a part of every prescribing clinician's library. It is highly recommended and will be useful in many contexts.
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Reviewer: Bradley R. Cutler, MD (Edward Hospital and Health Services)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a reader-friendly book on the fundamentals of psychopharmacology. The previous edition was published in 2008.
Purpose: The aim is to educate readers about the neuropsychiatric foundation of mental disorders and pharmacologic treatments.
Audience: It is targeted at prescribers specializing in psychiatry.
Features: Throughout the book, two basic themes are emphasized: symptom endophenotypes and symptoms and circuits. Symptom endophenotypes are dimensions of psychopathology that cut across numerous syndromes. Impulsivity and/or compulsivity, for example, are found in many psychiatric disorders all throughout the DSM. Symptoms and circuits focus on psychiatric symptoms and pharmacological treatments. Each chapter integrates these two themes, educating readers to become neurobiologically-minded psychiatrists. Like the previous editions, this book is presented in a readable format that applies programmed learning; that is, the chapters emphasize repetition and interaction with the goal of improving retention. Also like previous editions, graphics and icons appear throughout the book, on nearly every page. There are many changes as well. This edition has a large page size that uses two columns, rather than the smaller page size and single column format. Unlike previous editions, this one also integrates much of the basic neurosciences into the clinical chapters, reducing redundancy and decreasing the size of the book. The chapters have also been revised and updated, particularly the chapters on antipsychotics and impulsivity, compulsivity, and addiction. Selected readings and references are placed at the end of the book.
Assessment: During my four years of training as a psychiatric resident, I was inundated with hundreds of books and journals to help me become as knowledgeable as possible in psychiatry. Now that I have completed my training, I can look back and see that only a handful of books were invaluable for my education — Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology is one of them. And this fourth edition has surpassed the previous editions in its ability to brilliantly educate readers on the neuropsychiatric basis of and treatments for mental disorders. The graphics and icons bring the text to life and make it especially relatable to clinical practice. If I were to buy only one book to teach me the neuropsychiatric foundations and treatment of psychiatric disorders, this would be it.
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"And this fourth edition has surpassed the previous editions in its ability to brilliantly educate readers on the neuropsychiatric basis of and treatments for mental disorders. The graphics and icons bring the text to life and make it especially relatable to clinical practice. If I were to buy only one book to teach me the neuropsychiatric foundations and treatment of psychiatric disorders, this would be it." Bradley R Cutler, MD Edward Hospital and Health Services, Naperville Used with permission of Doody's Review Service

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521673761
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2008
  • Series: Essential Psychopharmacology Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1132
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 2.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen M. Stahl is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, USA and Honorary Visiting Senior Fellow in Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge, UK. He has conducted various research projects awarded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Veterans Administration and the pharmaceutical industry. Author of more than 350 articles and chapters, Dr Stahl is the author of the bestsellers Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology and The Prescriber's Guide.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Principles of Chemical Neurotransmission 1
Ch. 2 Receptors and Enzymes as the Targets of Drug Action 35
Ch. 3 Special Properties of Receptors 77
Ch. 4 Chemical Neurotransmission as the Mediator of Disease Actions 99
Ch. 5 Depression and Bipolar Disorders 135
Ch. 6 Classical Antidepressants, Serotonin Selective Reuptake Inhibitors, and Noradrenergic Reuptake Inhibitors 199
Ch. 7 Newer Antidepressants and Mood Stabilizers 245
Ch. 8 Anxiolytics and Sedative-Hypnotics 297
Ch. 9 Drug Treatments for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Phobic Disorders 335
Ch. 10 Psychosis and Schizophrenia 365
Ch. 11 Antipsychotic Agents 401
Ch. 12 Cognitive Enhancers 459
Ch. 13 Psychopharmacology of Reward and Drugs and Abuse 499
Ch. 14 Sex-Specific and Sexual Function-Related Psychopharmacology 539
Suggested Reading 569
Index 575
CME Post Tests and Evaluations
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2006

    A Major Hit!!

    Dr. Stahl's book 'Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and practical Applications' is a fantastic book! It is lucid, simple, jargon free with fabulous illustrations. The simplicity and the clarity of his style are brilliant! He is one of the few psychiatrists that appear to have a considerable grasp on neuroscience and understands more that the prescription pad and the five minutes drive-by visit that psychiatrists provide to their patients. That in return has rendered their field into a pit-stop for drive-by prescriptions. I only hope that Dr. Stahl is truly independent of the pharmaceutical companies and is not influenced by their erratic studies and corrupt system. Unfortunately, most psychiatrists do not keep up with the latest developments in the field as Dr. Stahl appears to do. They have abandoned psychotherapy, and have become compliant agents of the pharmaceutical companies in order to make a good living. This type of ethics has converted them into an extinct dinosaurs drowning into an eroding profession. Kudos to Dr. Stahl on a marvelous book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2001

    Highly Informative, Clear, Technical

    I was recently writing a paper on the side-effects of ADs for an undergraduate honors class, and throughout my mining of the journals, I constantly found myself referencing this book for clarification and guidance. The author could not have presented the information in a clearer fashion, providing, easily, the most comprehensive and thorough book on general psychopharmacology that I found while doing my research. If you're looking for an understanding of the pharmacology of these things which are quickly becoming our social saviors, I highly recommend this clear and concise, yet highly informative and technical guide.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2001

    Essential Psychopharmacology For Beginners

    As a practicing school psychologist, I often work with children who are taking psychotropic medications for a myriad of problems ranging from attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to schizophrenia. Essential Psychopharmacology provides an indispensible guide to understanding the neurological basis of psychiatric disorders and the mechanism of action of those psychotropic drugs used to treat these disorders. The color graphics are not only well done; they greatly enhance the learning process of the reader. Text is very readable and informative. Also alerts reader to possible dangerous drug interactions. Self-assessment tests are also included and may be taken, if desired, for continuing medical education (CME) credits. Stahl has provided the reader with an excellent introduction to psychoparmacology.

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