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Clinical Laboratory Medicine for Mental Health Professionals

Sandra A. Jacobson, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-1-61537-084-9
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A revised, abridged version of the seminal work, Laboratory Medicine in Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Clinical Laboratory Medicine for Mental Health Professionals more directly address the needs of general psychiatrists and their mental health colleagues in clinical practice.

Sections on laboratory tests, diseases and conditions, and psychotropic medications include alphabetically arranged entries, making it easy for busy clinicians to reference the updated information. For each laboratory test, the following information is provided:

  • The type of test (e.g., blood, urine, etc.)
  • An explanation of the test
  • The test's relevance to psychiatry
  • Patient preparation
  • Medical and psychiatric indications for the test
  • Numerical reference ranges
  • Critical values for test results
  • The potential meaning of abnormal results (e.g., factors that lead to increased or decreased levels)
  • Interfering factors
  • Cross-references to other tests or conditions

Information on clinical diagnosis and laboratory testing is provided for diseases and conditions, and psychotropic medications are examined from both a screening and a monitoring standpoint. Extensively indexed, this guide also includes an appendix that features at-a-glance information on therapeutic and psychotropic levels, 10 rules for deciding whether an ECG is normal, and several figures covering topics relevant to tests, such as ECG waves and intervals, cholestatic injury, bilirubin cycle, and SIADH secretion.

Years of clinical practice and research inform both the choice of tests included and the rationale for their use, making Clinical Laboratory Medicine for Mental Health Professionals the definitive, authoritative reference for psychiatrists and other behavioral health clinicians.


  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • About the Author
  • Chapter 1. Laboratory Tests
  • Chapter 2. Diseases and Conditions
  • Chapter 3. Psychotropic Medications: Laboratory Screening and Monitoring
  • Appendix
  • References
  • Index

About the Authors

Sandra A. Jacobson, M.D., is with the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Jacobson has provided an excellent and practical reference for mental health professionals that encompasses the majority of laboratory tests and other tests (e.g. EEG, PET, MSLT) one either needs to consider or encounters during the care of psychiatric patients. The chapter organization by individual test, as well as by specific psychiatric disorder and psychiatric medication, make it easy to use and something a clinician can quickly turn to in daily practice. The information provided is clearly written and easy to grasp such that both trainee or seasoned clinician can benefit from this book.—Catherine Crone, M.D., FAPA, FACP, FAPM, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, George Washington University School of Medicine, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

This useful resource includes a broad dictionary defining the relevance of pertinent laboratory tests and their values; a listing of DSM-5 psychiatric conditions with specific recommendations regarding differential diagnostic testing; and a guide for pre-screening laboratory testing and monitoring to accompany the prescription of psychotropic medications. This exceptional guide will be a handy tool to rely on as we educate patients about the need for testing and the meaning of those results. Thank you to Dr. Jacobson for this handy reference tool to reinforce high quality medical/psychiatric care!—Linda L.M. Worley, M.D., FAPM, Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt School of Medicine, South Central United States Veterans Health Administration

This handy book would be very helpful to general psychiatrists or behavioral health practitioners wanting basic and concise information on commonly used clinical laboratory tests in the treatment and management of psychiatric disorders.—Valerie L. Ng, Ph.D., M.D., Doody's Book Review

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