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Clinical Manual for Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychotic Depression
     

Clinical Manual for Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychotic Depression

by Anthony J. Rothschild
 

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Psychotic depression is a dangerous and debilitating illness that, tragically, often has fatal consequences. Studies indicate that between 16% and 54% of all depressed adults suffer from a psychosis. While this condition is completely treatable, thousands of cases remain misdiagnosed or overlooked because of a lack of interest and awareness among clinicians, the

Overview

Psychotic depression is a dangerous and debilitating illness that, tragically, often has fatal consequences. Studies indicate that between 16% and 54% of all depressed adults suffer from a psychosis. While this condition is completely treatable, thousands of cases remain misdiagnosed or overlooked because of a lack of interest and awareness among clinicians, the pharmaceutical industry, and the National Institute of Mental Health. As the first comprehensive guide to cover assessment, treatment, and management of patients with psychotic depression, Clinical Manual for Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychotic Depression, by Dr. Anthony Rothschild, is an invaluable resource for both clinicians and students.

Drawing on his own experience in clinical care and careful consideration of the existing medical literature, Dr. Rothschild systematically describes the history, epidemiology, and possible biological causes of psychotic depression and outlines various approaches for diagnosis and assessment. He then offers a practical guide for individualized treatment strategies for psychotic depression, such as electroconvulsive therapy, psychotherapy, and recent breakthroughs in pharmacologic treatment. In addition, Dr. Rothschild identifies issues of care and management for specific patient populations -- including seniors, adolescents, women in the postpartum, and patients at risk for suicide -- in a variety of treatment settings.Each chapter includes the following features to emphasize the data and further enhance learning: • Detailed tables and charts• Key clinical points that summarize the main ideas of the chapter• A recommended reading list of books and periodicals that address similar topics• Analysis and review of relevant clinical studies

Dr. Rothschild has spent more than 25 years treating patients with psychotic depression and studying the challenges inherent in diagnosing and managing this serious disorder. His findings are compiled in this easy-to-read, evidence-based manual that can benefit clinicians at all levels of training, including psychiatrists, psychologists, neurologists, internists, family and general practitioners, nurses, social workers, and clinical students. While much remains to be discussed regarding the nature of psychotic depression as a distinct illness, the existing knowledge about this condition is too significant to be ignored. The only comprehensive manual of its kind, Clinical Manual for Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychotic Depression is an important reference for any psychiatric setting.

Editorial Reviews

PsycCRITIQUES Dr. Charles E. Drebing

I value this small reference volume and will encourage colleagues to purchase it. That sentiment is not based solely on the fact that I will enjoy seeing it on my shelf as a part of my growing collection of reference manuals. My primary motivation for recommending it will be the fact that it addresses a surprisingly large and important gap in our knowledge base about common mental health disorders.

David B. Roat

This manual goes a long way toward filling the gaps in our understanding of psychotic depression while giving strong clinical guidelines for improving the treatment of those with the disorder. It is a welcome addition to any mental health professional's library.

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Reviewer: Aaron Plattner, MD (Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services)
Description: In discussing the many facets of psychotic depression, this book includes a treatment algorithm, tables of research findings, and recommendations for further reading.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide comprehensive information about the different components of psychotic depression, which is a dangerous and debilitating illness that is often underdiagnosed. Further education is warranted, a task the author accomplishes.
Audience: Residents and attendings in psychiatry as well as psychiatric nurses who care for patients with psychotic depression are the intended audience. Primary care physicians also would benefit from reading this book, enabling them to better understand a disease that they will encounter.
Features: This book addresses the epidemiology of psychotic depression, the leading research in the area of causation, proper ways of diagnosis, different treatment plans and settings, expected courses, and nursing care. It contains tables, figures, and a treatment algorithm, key point summaries at the end of each chapter, and suggestions for further reading. The treatment algorithm, key points, and practical advice enable readers to better grasp the important issues. Some of the tables are simply a recapitulation of the text and do not make a significant contribution. The book would benefit from more case studies. Also, it would be easier to read if references were listed at the end of the chapter, instead of in the text.
Assessment: I appreciate the way this book condenses a large amount of information into a relatively short, easy-to-read, yet complete account of a very important issue. Chapters on psychotic depression in general psychiatric textbooks do not provide the practical information this book does. Because of ongoing research in this area, updated editions will be necessary.
PsycCRITIQUES - Dr. Charles E. Drebing
I value this small reference volume and will encourage colleagues to purchase it. That sentiment is not based solely on the fact that I will enjoy seeing it on my shelf as a part of my growing collection of reference manuals. My primary motivation for recommending it will be the fact that it addresses a surprisingly large and important gap in our knowledge base about common mental health disorders.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585628919
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/20/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
207
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

David B. Roat
This manual goes a long way toward filling the gaps in our understanding of psychotic depression while giving strong clinical guidelines for improving the treatment of those with the disorder. It is a welcome addition to any mental health professional's library.(D.O., Psychiatric Services)
Charles E. Drebing
I value this small reference volume and will encourage colleagues to purchase it. That sentiment is not based solely on the fact that I will enjoy seeing it on my shelf as a part of my growing collection of reference manuals. My primary motivation for recommending it will be the fact that it addresses a surprisingly large and important gap in our knowledge base about common mental health disorders.(PsycCRITIQUES)

Meet the Author

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

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