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The second edition of The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Suicide Assessment and Management has been extensively updated and expanded to more thoroughly reflect the challenges clinicians face in assessing and managing suicide risk -- and ultimately in preventing tragedy. The number of chapters has been increased approximately 20%, from 28 to 34. In addition, 22 new chapter authors were recruited for the second edition, representing nearly half of the 50 authors from the first edition, to allow the reader to obtain a more varied and sometimes new point of view.

Focusing on core competencies where appropriate, the book offers many new features: • An extensively revised organization of sections and chapters to coincide with the natural sequence of events in evaluating and treating patients. Depending on where clinicians are in this series of events, they may more readily access information they need.• A robust and entirely new section on suicide prevention that includes chapters on lethal means restrictions, suicide prevention programs, and current research related to prevention• A chapter on suicide in the military, which was added to address the critical social challenge of depression and posttraumatic stress disorder in soldiers returningfrom Iraq and Afghanistan• An entire chapter on the role of the Internet in subjecting people to intimidation, humiliation, and the exposure of private acts to the public sphere. Cyberbullying is an emergent problem, that clinicians should know about.• An extensive review of neurobiological findings related to the risk and completion of suicide, many of which have been reported since the last edition was published• A thoughtful discussion of the myriad issues raised by managed care, including "split" treatment, involving two clinicians managing a patient's care.• A thorough exploration of the essential aspects of suicide risk assessment.

Unlike physicians in other fields, psychiatrists treating patients at risk for suicide do not have access to diagnostic procedures and laboratory tests to assist them. With this new edition of The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Suicide Assessment and Management, clinicians can hone their assessment skills and ensure that their knowledge of suicide assessment and management is current, evidence-based, and comprehensive. When dealing with patients at risk for self-harm, nothing less will do.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Marcos Modiano-Esquenazi, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is the second edition of a book on suicide, risk assessment, and treatment.
Purpose: A principle objective of this book is to provide a thorough understanding of this area. A secondary objective is to provide information on the natural sequence of events in evaluating and treating patients.
Audience: The book is targeted mostly at clinicians (psychiatrists and mental health professionals in general).
Features: The first part of the book's eight parts covers suicide risk assessment, while the second focuses on major mental disorders. Part III encompasses treatment modalities (pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy and ECT) and part IV covers treatment settings such as inpatient versus outpatient. Special populations are examined in part V. In part VI, the authors cover special topics such as the neurobiology of suicide and suicide and the Internet. Part VII discusses the important topic of prevention, and the final part touches on the aftermath of suicide. Throughout the book, figures and tables summarize content and make the topics more understandable. Chapters cover topics that are important for psychiatrists, such as the management of suicidal patients who belong to special populations (elderly patients, children, and adolescents) as well as current information on pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy for suicidal patients. At the end of each chapter there is a summary with key clinical concepts. The references are up to date and include current literature.
Assessment: This is a valuable addition to the psychiatric literature, helping clinicians understand, assess, and treat suicide. The book is well written and provides good, current information about suicide and its prevention.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585622139
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert I. Simon, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Program in Psychiatry and Law at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine, in Bethesda, Maryland.

Robert E. Hales, M.D., M.B.A., is Joe P. Tupin Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento, California; Medical Director of the Sacramento County Mental Health Services in Sacramento, California; and Editor-in-Chief of American Psychiatric Publishing.

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Table of Contents

1 Suicide risk : assessing the unpredictable 1
2 Children and adolescents 35
3 The elderly 57
4 Suicide and gender 77
5 Social, cultural, and demographic factors in suicide 107
6 Suicide prevention in jails and prisons 139
7 Cultural competence in suicide risk assessment 159
8 Psychological testing in suicide risk management 177
9 Psychopharmacological treatment and electroconvulsive therapy 199
10 Psychodynamic treatment 221
11 Split treatment 235
12 Depressive disorders 255
13 Bipolar disorder 277
14 Schizophrenia 301
15 Anxiety disorders 313
16 Personality disorders 329
17 Substance-related disorders 347
18 Outpatient treatment 367
19 Emergency services 381
20 Inpatient treatment and partial hospitalization 401
21 Patient safety versus freedom of movement : coping with uncertainty 423
22 Safety interventions 441
23 Aftermath of suicide : the clinician's role 459
24 Psychiatrist reactions to patient suicide 477
25 Combined murder-suicide 495
26 Legal perspective on suicide assessment and management 511
27 Patient suicide and litigation 527
28 Clinically based risk management of the suicidal patient : avoiding malpractice litigation 545
App APA practice guideline for the assessment and treatment of patients with suicidal behaviors : executive summary of recommendations 577
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