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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Aaron Plattner, MD (Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services)
Description: This is an update of a book on psychopharmacology for nonprescribing mental health professionals that was last published in 2010.
Purpose: The authors' purpose is "to familiarize clinicians and students with the basic terminology and models of pharmacokinetics." This is a worthy objective as psychiatric medications are prescribed for patients with mental illness who are being treated not only by the prescriber, but also by a team of mental health clinicians who need to be educated about these medications. This excellent reference provides this education and succeeds at this important objective.
Audience: The authors state that the book is "primarily for mental health professionals and those in graduate training and psychology, social work, psychiatric nursing, and counseling." It is written at an appropriate level for the intended audience. The authors include a licensed psychologist, board-certified psychiatrist, and a pharmacist.
Features: The first part of the book familiarizes readers with the basic terminology and models of pharmacokinetics. Part two reviews the major psychiatric clinical syndromes and part three reviews the different classes of psychopharmaceuticals used to treat psychiatric syndromes. The book concludes with nine helpful appendixes, a reference section, an index, and a quick reference section. Helpful illustrations and case studies help readers retain the information.
Assessment: Overall this is an excellent book. As a psychiatrist, I feel that the book efficiently educates readers on the basics of psychopharmacology, which will allow mental healthcare workers to better care for their patients. They will easily be able to go directly to a specific topic of interest and find helpful evidence-based information. With the continued expansion of psychiatric research data and medication treatment options, continued updates are necessary. The new section on the effects of withdrawing from psychopharmacological medications is an important addition. A new edition will be needed upon publication of the DSM-V manual.