The Evidence-Based Guide to Antidepressant Medications [NOOK Book]

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The second book in the Evidence-Based Guides series, The Evidence-Based Guide to Antidepressant Medications, provides a clear reference to the current knowledge and evidence base for the use of antidepressants among a variety of patients across a wide range of disorders. Today, in part due to the newer antidepressants, which have fewer side effects and less toxicity in overdose, many non--mental health professionals feel comfortable prescribing antidepressants. Antidepressants are prescribed for many patients in ...

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The Evidence-Based Guide to Antidepressant Medications

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Overview

The second book in the Evidence-Based Guides series, The Evidence-Based Guide to Antidepressant Medications, provides a clear reference to the current knowledge and evidence base for the use of antidepressants among a variety of patients across a wide range of disorders. Today, in part due to the newer antidepressants, which have fewer side effects and less toxicity in overdose, many non--mental health professionals feel comfortable prescribing antidepressants. Antidepressants are prescribed for many patients in addition to those who have major depressive disorder, including patients with bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, and personality disorders, as well as those with medical illnesses.

In addition, antidepressants are increasingly being prescribed by clinicians for so-called off-label use -- to treat illnesses for which the medications do not have U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval -- making it more important than ever for practicing clinicians to understand the use of antidepressants among several special populations, including children and adolescents, the geriatric patient, and pregnant and lactating women. Chapters within this guide are authored by experts in their respective areas of practice. Together, they have synthesized a large amount of medical literature into a comprehensive, yet understandable, concise, reader-friendly guide that features useful tables pertaining to the efficacy of specific medications and summaries of important clinical pearls of wisdom that are summarized at the end of each chapter into Key Clinical Concepts. This text is a must-have reference for psychiatrists and other practicing clinicians, residents-in-training, psychiatric nurses, social workers, and researchers.

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Reviewer: Aaron Plattner, MD (Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services)
Description: This book provides the most up-to-date research data regarding the use of antidepressants in various patient populations and disorders.
Purpose: Acknowledging the expanding types of antidepressants and the high rates of prescribing of antidepressant medications for both FDA-approved conditions and off label uses by healthcare providers in different fields, the book strives to inform readers about the vast evidence base for the use of these medications. This is a worthy objective both because of the significant amount of antidepressants that are prescribed by healthcare providers with minimal training in this area and because of the high rates of treatment resistant depression.
Audience: The editor identifies this as a "must-have reference for psychiatrists and other practicing clinicians, residents in training, psychiatric nurses, social workers and researchers. "
Features: The first section reviews the use of antidepressants for different psychiatric conditions including unipolar and bipolar depression, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, and substance-related disorders. The next section reviews considerations of antidepressants for different populations including children and adolescents, the elderly, the medically ill, and women who are pregnant or nursing. The final section reviews the use of antidepressants in patients receiving nursing care. Each chapter is divided into sections reviewing subcategories with limited charts and graphs, and concludes with key clinical concepts and references.
Assessment: I am impressed at how organized and structured this book is, providing readers with an excellent resource. With the movement away from older antidepressants, including the tricyclic antidepressants and monoamine oxidase inhibitors, this book also highlights the often overlooked psychiatric conditions for which these medications should be used. Further, I appreciate how this book reviews a wide variety of psychiatric conditions that are not usually associated with the use of antidepressant medications.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585629800
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/24/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 1,120,181
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Anthony J. Rothschild, M.D., is Irving S. and Betty Brudnick Endowed Chair and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Healthcare in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Unipolar and bipolar depression. Anxiety disorders. Schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. Personality disorders. Substance-related disorders. Use of antidepressants in children and adolescents. Use of antidepressants in geriatric patients. Use of antidepressants in the medically ill patients. Use of antidepressants during pregnancy and lactation. Use of antidipressants in patients receiving nursing care. Index.

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