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American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders

American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders
Compendium 2006

American Psychiatric Association
2006
1,612 pages
ISBN 978-0-89042-385-1
Paperback
Item #2385



American Psychiatric Association (APA) Practice Guidelines provide recommendations to help psychiatrists make treatment decisions that are supported by the best available evidence, including from current research and expert consensus. The guidelines are developed by expert work groups, who review available evidence using an explicit methodology. Iterative drafts undergo wide review by other experts, allied organizations, and the APA membership. Every guideline is also reviewed and approved for publication by the APA Assembly and Board of Trustees. This process balances the conclusions of scientific research with the practical experience of professionals working in the field.

In addition to providing recommendations that may improve patient care, the guidelines may be used for education by medical students and residents, psychiatrists seeking recertification, other mental health professionals, and the general public. Researchers may use the guidelines to identify important clinical questions for which more research could be expected to improve treatment decision making.

The thirteen Practice Guidelines are


  • Psychiatric Evaluation of Adults, Second Edition
  • Delirium
  • Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias of Late Life
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Substance Use Disorders, Second Edition
  • Schizophrenia, Second Edition
  • Major Depressive Disorder, Second Edition
  • Bipolar Disorder, Second Edition
  • Panic Disorder
  • Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Eating Disorders, Third Edition
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Suicidal Behaviors

These guidelines help you


  • Understand clinical features and symptoms
  • Make a confident differential diagnosis
  • Evaluate interventions commonly used to treat specific disorders
  • Select the appropriate site of service
  • Educate the patient and family
  • Assess the efficacy and risks of available medications
  • Develop an individualized treatment plan

Interactive continuing medical education programs for many of the individual practice guidelines are available on the APA's web site (www.psych.org/cme). Each program offers AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ that are accepted by the APA and the American Medical Association.

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) has reviewed the APA Practice Guidelines CME Program and has approved it as part of a comprehensive lifelong learning program, which is mandated by the American Board of Medical Specialties as a necessary component of maintenance of certification.

Statement of intent. Introduction. Practice guideline for the psychiatric evaluation of adults, second edition. Guideline watch: practice guideline for the treatment of patients with delirium. Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with delirium. Guideline watch: practice guideline for the treatment of patients with alzheimer's disease and other dementias of late life. Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with alzheimer's disease and other dementias of late life. Guideline watch: practice guideline for the treatment of patients with HIV/AIDS. Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with HIV/AIDS. Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with substance use disorders, second edition. Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with schizophrenia, second edition. Guideline watch: practice guideline for the treatment of patients with major depressive disorder, second edition. Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with major depressive disorder, second edition. Guideline watch: practice guideline for the treatment of patients with bipolar disorder, second edition. Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with bipolar disorder, second edition. Guideline watch: practice guideline for the treatment of patients with panic disorder. Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with panic disorder. Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with acute stress disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder. Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with eating disorders, third edition. Guideline watch: practice guideline for the treatment of patients with borderline personality disorder. Practice guideline for the treatment of patients with borderline personality disorder. Practice guideline for the assessment and treatment of patients with suicidal behaviors. Appendix: practice guideline development process. Index.

"This compendium of practice guidelines is a must read (and re-read) for every psychiatric practitioner and resident. The care of patients in the 21st century demands a working knowledge of evidence-based medicine, and this volume should be on every clinician's shelf. Our practice guidelines demonstrate that we have treatments that work."—Steven S. Sharfstein, M.D., President, American Psychiatric Association


"The fact that guidelines, when used, are more effective than treatment-as-usual has now been demonstrated in several controlled trials for several mental disorders. Consequently, this volume is especially important for practicing psychiatrists and other mental health providers. In addition, it is a terrific essential teaching tool for trainees in the various fields of mental health. A ‘must have’ for anyone treating the mentally ill."—A. John Rush, M.D., Professor and Vice-Chairman, Department of Clinical Sciences, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas