The Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists / Edition 7

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Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists has become the go-to resource for mental health clinicians looking for clear, reliable information about the treatment of mental health issues. Organized by disorder and, within each disorder, by medication, this book is designed to familiarize clinicians and students with the basic terminology and models of pharmacokinetics.

This updated seventh edition provides essential information on new medications and treatment options and includes the latest research on side effects, contraindications, and efficacy of all major medications prescribed for mental health disorders. The book also features an important new chapter on the effects of withdrawing from psychopharmacological medications.

This handbook makes it simple to:

  • Get the facts about drug interactions and side effects
  • Find out how medications affect adults, children, and adolescents differently
  • Learn how different cultures view medical treatment, vital information for anyone who treats clients from a variety of backgrounds
  • Discontinue medication safely when needed
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“I’m a psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist with no medical training, and I found Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists to be a compelling and stimulating read, as well as a welcome addition to my reference shelf. This text is coherent and user-friendly, and reading it is a surprisingly pleasurable way to expand your knowledge in an area of clinical treatment usually not made this accessible to nonmedical professionals.”
Susan Flynn, PhD

“I recommend the Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists to psychotherapists from various clinical trainings and diverse clinical orientations, as well as to nonpsychiatric physicians and their prescribing assistants. One of the most valuable elements of this text is the authors’ reminder to consider when and how medication can be appropriate to treatment, and how the clini¬cian is an essential part of the psycho-medical treatment team. If you have only one reference book on your shelf addressing the interface between clinical treatment and psychopharmacology, this should be it.”
Marvin B. Berman, PhD

Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists is a modern masterpiece written by a multidisciplinary team of distinguished practitioners. It is one of the most clearly written and reader-friendly yet comprehensive books on the subject of psychiatric diagnosis and psychotropic drug therapy. The handbook is packed full of useful tables, figures, and illustrations that amplify the main text or can be used independently for a rapid introduction to the field or for reviewing the fundamentals. Covering both the spectrums of pathophysiology and the neurobiology of drug action, this slim, state-of-the-art-and-science text is truly a handbook worthy of the name and should be an essential resource for mental health professionals and students alike.”
Clifford N. Lazarus, PhD, licensed psychologist and director of Comprehensive Psychological Services of Princeton, author of Don’t Believe It for a Minute and The 60-Second Shrink

Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists is a wonderfully useful and comprehensive book. It should be essential reading for all mental health professionals and for others like myself who have family members suffering from mental illness. Its great virtues are its clarity and its humane and informed sense of the diagnosis, treatment, and care of extraordinarily complicated conditions.”
Jay Neugeboren, author of Imagining Robert

“This book belongs on the desk of every psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, social worker, or anyone who works with clients who are taking psychoactive drugs. Also, anyone teaching or interested in abnormal psychology will find it indispensible. The authors manage, with judicious use of well-designed tables and clear, concise writing, to fill a gap in the current literature. No other book with which I am familiar covers the history of psychiatric medicine as well as both the neurochemistry and clinical use of psychotropics. The authors make excellent use of case histories, which are always to the point. I cannot think of anything that could be added to this text, or any part of it I would want to change.”
Harry Avis, PhD, professor of psychology at Sierra College and author of Drugs and Life

From The Critics
Reviewer: 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608826643
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 2/2/2013
  • Edition description: Seventh Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 82,515
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

John D. Preston, PsyD, ABPP, is a licensed psychologist and the author or coauthor of twenty books. He is a professor of psychology at Alliant International University, and has also served on the faculty of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He has lectured widely in the United States and abroad. He is the recipient of the Mental Health Association’s President’s Award for contributions to the mental health professions, and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association.

John H. O’Neal, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist who has been in private practice since 1977. He is past chief of the department of psychiatry at Sutter Community Hospital in Sacramento, CA. He is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He lectures on depression and psychopharmacology to mental health professionals, employee assistance programs, and the public. Dr. O’Neal received his MS in clinical psychology from Harvard University.

Mary Talaga, RPh, PhD, is administrative services leader for Kaiser Permanente Pharmacy Operations in the Northern California region. She has been a pharmacist for more than thirty years, and specializes in psychiatric pharmacy. Talaga has extensive experience in health care and has practiced in a variety of clinical settings. She is particularly interested in promoting collaborative care models and developing best-practice guidelines. She provides training and mentoring to health care professionals and general education to patients and consumers.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3

2 Integrated models 15

3 Neurobiology 29

4 Pharmacology 45

5 Preliminary diagnostic considerations 59

6 Depressive disorders 71

7 Bipolar disorders 89

8 Anxiety disorders 101

9 Obsessive-compulsive disorder 117

10 Psychotic disorders 123

11 Post-traumatic stress disorder 133

12 Borderline personality disorders 141

13 Substance-related disorders 147

14 Other miscellaneous disorders 155

15 Antidepressant medications 169

16 Bipolar medications 189

17 Antianxiety medications 201

18 Antipsychotic medications 209

19 Over-the-counter dietary supplements and herbal products 219

20 Red flags : when to reevaluate 223

21 Child and adolescent psychopharmacology 231

Epilogue On the horizon 251

App. A Pharmacokinetics 253

App. B Pharmacotherapy in special populations 259

App. C Psychotropic drug interactions 267

App. D Differentiating psychotropic side effects from psychiatric symptoms 283

App. E Neurocognitive mental status exam 287

App. F Trade versus generic drug names : a quick reference 291

App. G Medication safety 295

App. H Books for patients about medication treatment 299

App. I Patient information sheets on psychiatric medications 301

References 317

Index 333

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