Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applicationsby Stephen M. Stahl
With this fully revised fourth edition, Dr Stahl returns to the essential roots of what it means to become a neurobiologically empowered psychopharmacologist, expertly guided in the selection and combination of treatments for individual patients in practice. Embracing the unifying themes of 'symptom endophenotypes', dimensions of psychopathology that cut across… See more details below
With this fully revised fourth edition, Dr Stahl returns to the essential roots of what it means to become a neurobiologically empowered psychopharmacologist, expertly guided in the selection and combination of treatments for individual patients in practice. Embracing the unifying themes of 'symptom endophenotypes', dimensions of psychopathology that cut across syndromes, and 'symptoms and circuits', every aspect of the text has been updated to the frontiers of current knowledge, with the clarity of explanation and illustration that only Dr Stahl can bring. Integrating much of the basic neuroscience into the clinical chapters, and with major additions in the areas of psychosis, antipsychotics, antidepressants, impulsivity, compulsivity and addiction, this is the single most readily readable source of information on disease and drug mechanisms. This remains the essential text for all students and professionals in mental health seeking to understand and utilize current therapeutics, and to anticipate the future for novel medications.
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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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!!
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.
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.