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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: Part of the Treatments That Work series, this is a well thought out workbook for clients to use with their therapists when deciding to taper or discontinue their anxiety medication.
Purpose: The workbook is designed to help patients with anxiety and panic disorder to discontinue their anxiolytic medications safely under the supervised care of their clinician. It provides the foundation for patients and their healthcare providers working together as a team, discussing techniques to help cope with the tapering of medications.
Audience: Patients and families of those who suffer from panic and anxiety disorders will benefit the most from this workbook. It is written in easy-to-follow, non jargon-laden language to give both patients and families the knowledge they need to take an active partnership in their treatment. Both authors are considerably well-versed and well-respected members of the mental health community.
Features: The focus is on stopping anxiolytic treatment for panic disorder and panic attacks. Thus, readers get a detailed explanation of the etiology behind their condition as well as a realistic discussion of the difficulties in discontinuing treatment with benzodiazepines. Chapter 4 is written specifically for the patient's partner and is an important for facilitating psychoeducation of the patient's loved ones. There are numerous charts, schedules, and methods for patients to use during medication discontinuation.
Assessment: This is a strong addition to the field of mental health, and this second addition improves upon the first. It is highly recommended for patients and clinicians.