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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: 9781585624140
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/19/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 770
  • Sales rank: 617,933
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.80 (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

Foreword. Preface. Part I: Suicide Risk Assessment. Suicide risk assessment: gateway to treatment and management. The interpersonal art of suicide assessment: interviewing techniques for uncovering suicide intent, ideation, and actions. The clinical risk assessment interview. Cultural competence in suicide risk assessment. Psychological testing in suicide risk management. Part II: Major Mental Disorders. Depressive disorders. Anxiety disorders. Substance-related disorders. Bipolar disorder. Schizophrenia. Personality disorders. Part III: Treatment. Psychopharmacotherapy and electroconvulsive therapy. Cognitive therapy for suicide prevention. Psychodynamic treatment. Split treatment: coming of age. Part IV: Treatment Settings. Emergency services. Outpatient treatment. Inpatient psychiatric treatment. Patient safety and freedom of movement: coping with uncertainty. Part V: Special Populations. Children, adolescents, and college students. The elderly. Suicide prevention in jails and prisons. Clinical management of suicide risk with military and veteran personnel. Suicide and gender. Part VI: Special Topics. Neurobiology of suicidal behavior. Combined murder-suicide. Suicide and the internet. Patient suicide and litigation. Therapeutic risk management of the suicidal patient. Part VII: Prevention. Suicide prevention by lethal means restrictions. Suicide prevention programs. Suicide research: knowledge gaps and opportunities. Part VIII: Aftermath of Suicide and the Psychiatrist. Psychiatrist reactions to patient suicide. Aftermath of suicide: the clinician's role. Appendix 1: case scenario questions for self-study. Appendix 2: answer guide to case scenario questions for self-study. Index.

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