Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology, Eighth Edition

  • 2015
  • 795 pages

ISBN 978-1-58562-481-2
Item #62481


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  • Description

    Standard of care in psychiatry requires that practitioners stay current on new agents, interactions, side effects, and dosing guidelines—a daunting task for the modern clinician grappling with today's challenging medical environment. The Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology has been the psychiatrist’s trusted companion for nearly three decades, and this new, eighth edition delivers the cutting-edge information clinicians need in a down-to-earth style, facilitating the integration of biological and psychopharmacological information into practice. The book’s primary purpose is to provide the reader-practitioner with a practical, usable clinical guide to the selection and prescription of appropriate drug therapies for individual patients, drawing on the authors’ clinical experience as well as on the scientific literature. Students of psychiatry and psychopharmacology also will find the book useful as both text and reference.

    The eighth edition retains many of its most popular features, while adding others to enhance coverage and promote comprehension:

    • Some sections dealing with less commonly used drugs (e.g., barbiturates) have been shortened or eliminated, making space for the huge number of new agents that have been approved (e.g., vortioxetine) or are likely to receive approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This makes the volume easier to use.
    • The book has been thoroughly updated to reflect the release of DSM-5, which introduced dimensional measures of key dimensions (e.g., anxiety and depression) across diagnostic categories to better describe patients’ disorders. In the chapter on diagnosis and classification, the authors review these major changes and the implications for prescribing.
    • Features of particular utility for students include the introductory chapter on the general principles of psychopharmacological treatment and the summary medication tables, which serve as quick-reference guides on classes of psychotropics.
    • Although largely evidence-based, the authors also draw on their extensive clinical experience in discussing various drugs’ efficacy, dosing and side effects and other important factors.
    • Two appendixes offer suggested readings for clinicians and for patients and families, as well as information on strengths and costs of antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs.

    There has never been a more meticulously researched and referenced guide to prescribing psychotropic medications, nor one more down-to-earth and practical. The Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology richly deserves its reputation as a classic in the field and has earned a place on every psychiatrist’s desk.

  • Contents

    Disclosure of Competing Interests
    Chapter 1. General Principles of Psychopharmacological
    Chapter 2. Diagnosis and Classification
    Chapter 3. Antidepressants
    Chapter 4. Antipsychotic Drugs
    Chapter 5. Mood Stabilizers
    Chapter 6. Antianxiety Agents
    Chapter 7. Hypnotics
    Chapter 8. Stimulants and Other Fast-Acting Drugs
    Chapter 9. Augmentation Strategies for Treatment-Resistant Disorders
    Chapter 10. Emergency Department Treatment
    Chapter 11. Pharmacotherapy for Substance Use Disorders
    Chapter 12. Pharmacotherapy in Special Situations
    Appendix: Suggested Readings

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  • Editorial Reviews

    The 8th edition of the Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology, dedicated to the memory of the great psychopharmacologist Jonathan Cole, continues a long tradition of providing excellent guidelines for the clinical use of psychiatric medications. Written in an accessible conversational tone, the authors, have combined a wealth of updated published information with their own clinical experience as practicing psychopharmacologists. Practical advice including diagnosis, choice of drug, dose, duration of treatment, side effects is augmented with brief neurobiologic explanations of drug mechanisms. Individual chapters are provided for the treatment of mood, anxiety, sleep and psychotic disorders, along with useful hints regarding legal implications of prescribing psychiatric medications that are included in introductory sections. Inpatient, outpatient, emergency and special populations of patients (pregnancy, children, geriatrics, substance abusers) are given their own chapters, each with updated information and prescribing advice.

    This 8th edition, like earlier editions, is an outstanding resource for all who prescribe medications to individuals with psychiatric disorders or symptoms needing treatment. I recommend this 8th edition to all practitioners who may prescribe medications to these individuals, I also believe that this Manual will also be a useful resource for mental health clinicians who do not prescribe medications.—Carl Salzman, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

  • Contributors

  • About the Author

    Alan F. Schatzberg, M.D., is Kenneth T. Norris, Jr., Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California.

    Charles DeBattista, D.M.H., M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Depression Clinic and Research Program, and Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California.

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