Principles of Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Professionals addresses the current "split" model of mental health care, in which physicians provide pharmaco-therapy while non-prescribing practitioners oversee other services such as psychotherapy. Bringing these two areas together, this book familiarizes mental health professionals with the medications used to treat psychiatric disorders.
Prepared by world-renowned psychopharmacologists and psychiatrists, this useful resource helps non-prescribing practitioners understand when and why a given medication is appropriate to use, when it is not indicated, and what potential side effects may occur. Also discussed are the appropriate times in therapy when a referral for a medication evaluation is indicated as well as how to broach this issue with the patient. Recognizing that there are almost always a number of medications from which to choose, the authors combine research outcomes with their extensive clinical experience to highlight the important considerations in selecting one medication over another. As an educational tool, the text encourages and supports clinicians who wish to increase patients' understanding of treatment.
After an introduction and overview, chapters cover:
* Basics of psychopharmacology
* Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
* Mood disorders
* Sleep disorders
* Cognitive disorders
* Anxiety disorders
* Personality disorders
* Substance use disorders
* Traumatic brain injury
* Eating disorders
* Side effects
Every chapter includes diagnostic considerations, historyof medication treatments, and emerging trends for each disease.
Principles of Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Professionals lays out what psychotherapists and other mental health practitioners need to know about psychotropic medications, giving them and their patients an invaluable guide to the full array of treatments available.
Reviewer:Raj Tummala, MD(Wyeth Pharmaceuticals)
Description:This is a comprehensive resource to help nonprescribing mental health professionals understand the concepts of psychopharmacology and be aware of the various psychotropic options available for their patients.
Purpose:The purpose is to provide a comprehensive, easy to read reference of psychopharmacology for the nonprescribing clinician or anyone looking for an understanding of the practice of psychopharmacology.
Audience:The book is targeted at anyone dealing with psychiatric illness such as social workers, counselors, therapists, or patients themselves who are trying to gain an understanding of psychopharmacology.
Features:In a healthcare model where pharmacotherapy is split from psychotherapy, and where nonprescribing clinicians are possible gatekeepers, this book is a very practical, easy to read review of clinical psychopharmacology answering the questions of "what, why, how and when" for nonprescribing clinicians of psychiatric patients. Starting with a good introduction to the fundamentals of pharmacology and nervous system, the authors lay the foundation for the different disease states. All of the major psychiatric disease states are discussed, including traumatic brain injury and personality disorders. Each disease state is covered in detail with diagnostic issues, disease evaluation, differential diagnosis, prevalence and course, and the relevant pharmacological treatment. Of special interest are the sections on the medical causes of psychiatric illness. The pharmacological treatment is dealt with from both a historical perspective and the current outlook. Each drug or class of drugs is laid out in a simple and consistent format with the common indications and side effects. Treatment during the course of the illness with augmentation and switching strategies are spelled out enable the nonprescribing clinician to understand when a patient is to be referred to a physician. While information is evidence-based, the mix of personal clinical experience by the authors adds distinction to the book. Information is presented in tables and each chapter is rounded out with a section on additional readings.
Assessment:The authors clearly answer the "what, why, how and when" of psychopharmacology for the nonprescribing clinician.