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Essential Psychopharmacology of Depression and Bipolar Disorder
     

Essential Psychopharmacology of Depression and Bipolar Disorder

by Stephen M. Stahl
 
Essential Psychopharmacology has established itself as the preeminent source of information in its field, and this book draws on the second edition to provide a resource for all clinicians involved in the treatment of depression and bipolar disorder. Stressing the basic neuroscience of the mood disorders, the fully updated text and color illustrations enable readers

Overview

Essential Psychopharmacology has established itself as the preeminent source of information in its field, and this book draws on the second edition to provide a resource for all clinicians involved in the treatment of depression and bipolar disorder. Stressing the basic neuroscience of the mood disorders, the fully updated text and color illustrations enable readers to understand how the various antidepressants and mood stabilizers work in their patients. It contains new information on the pharmacokinetics of antidepressants, including the role of the cytochrome P450 enzyme system and neuropeptides including substance P. The mechanisms of action of newer antidepressants, including the latest SSRIs, are prominently and authoritatively reviewed. Psychiatrists, primary care physicians and mental health professionals can depend on this book for an up-to-date account of the psychopharmacology of mood disorders, and for essential information in planning treatment approaches.

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Stephen M. Delisi, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is essentially an update and expansion of the chapters on antidepressants and mood stabilizers found in Stahl's prior text, Essential Psychopharmacology, 2nd Edition (Cambridge University Press, 2000). As such, this text is current and timely. The author utilizes numerous cartoon-style graphics and tables to present the material as concise visual lessons.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the reader with essential pharmacologic concepts that pertain to the pathophysiology and treatment of depression and bipolar disorder. The author aims to review the neurotransmitter systems involved in the illnesses, review the pharmacology and proposed mechanisms of action for both antidepressants and mood stabilizers, and provide clinically oriented applications for the medications. These are extremely useful aims and the objectives are very well met.
Audience: This book is targeted for students, residents, and clinicians of psychiatry. Psychiatric residents and clinicians will find a concise and clear presentation. In addition, the material is clinically relevant and the references provided allow for more detailed investigations as needed. The author is a renowned clinician, lecturer, and author. His credentials are solid in the area of psychopharmacology.
Features: In his typical fashion, the author presents his material by means of cartoon-style graphics and bulleted tables. This is essentially an expanded text version of a lecture on the psychopharmacology of depression and bipolar disorder. The adage that "a picture is worth 1,000 words" is certainly demonstrated by the use of figures in this book. Complex mechanisms are presented in simple to understand and remember graphics, and then clear tables reinforce these concepts.
Assessment: This is a very useful book for anyone interested in the pharmacologic basis for the treatment of depression and bipolar disorder. The material is presented in a graphical manner that makes learning and retaining the material simple. The size of the book allows for portability for use as a pocket reference, making this text of particular benefit to the resident or clinician practicing psychiatry.
3 Stars from Doody
Stephen M. Delisi
This is essentially an update and expansion of the chapters on antidepressants and mood stabilizers found in Stahl's prior text, Essential Psychopharmacology, 2nd Edition (Cambridge University Press, 2000). As such, this text is current and timely. The author utilizes numerous cartoon-style graphics and tables to present the material as concise visual lessons. The purpose is to provide the reader with essential pharmacologic concepts that pertain to the pathophysiology and treatment of depression and bipolar disorder. The author aims to review the neurotransmitter systems involved in the illnesses, review the pharmacology and proposed mechanisms of action for both antidepressants and mood stabilizers, and provide clinically oriented applications for the medications. These are extremely useful aims and the objectives are very well met. This book is targeted for students, residents, and clinicians of psychiatry. Psychiatric residents and clinicians will find a concise and clear presentation. In addition, the material is clinically relevant and the references provided allow for more detailed investigations as needed. The author is a renowned clinician, lecturer, and author. His credentials are solid in the area of psychopharmacology. In his typical fashion, the author presents his material by means of cartoon-style graphics and bulleted tables. This is essentially an expanded text version of a lecture on the psychopharmacology of depression and bipolar disorder. The adage that ""a picture is worth 1,000 words"" is certainly demonstrated by the use of figures in this book. Complex mechanisms are presented in simple to understand and remember graphics, and then cleartables reinforce these concepts. This is a very useful book for anyone interested in the pharmacologic basis for the treatment of depression and bipolar disorder. The material is presented in a graphical manner that makes learning and retaining the material simple. The size of the book allows for portability for use as a pocket reference, making this text of particular benefit to the resident or clinician practicing psychiatry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521786454
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Series:
Essential Psychopharmacology Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
175
Product dimensions:
9.72(w) x 6.85(h) x 0.67(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen M. Stahl, M.D. Psychiatry UCSD School of Medicine
Dr. Stahl has served as:

Principal investigator on 12 NIH or other publicly funded clinical studies.
Principal investigator on 60 commercially sponsored clinical studies.

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