Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists

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New Harbinger Publications, 2005 - Medical - 304 pages
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These days, prescription drugs are often considered a first course of treatment for psychological disorders. Like any other modern pharmaceuticals, psychopharmacological drugs are complex, powerful, and highly interactive with other chemical and natural medications. Mental health and medical professionals absolutely must have a thorough knowledge of how these medicines are used and how they work in the human body. People who take these drugs or love others who do will benefit greatly from having a thorough understanding of the application and function of psychologically effective prescription drugs. This book has proven its indispensability through three editions and remains, in this fourth major update, the single most respected and widely used book on the subject available.

Everyone who needs the most accurate and comprehensive information about psychopharmacological medicines must have this book on his or her shelf. It covers every significant medical aspect of the use of these drugs, including indications based on diagnosis, physiological functions, side effects, and criteria for evaluating client response and recommending further treatment or reevaluation. This revised and expanded edition includes a new chapter devoted to children and psychopharmaceuticals. Sections on bipolar disorder, major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and borderline personality disorder have been revised to include major developments in current research. Six new drugs have been fully reviewed and added to the bookis charts and tables.

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John D. Preston, Psy.D., ABPP, is a licensed psychologist and professor of psychology at the Sacramento, California campus of Alliant International University and has served on the faculty of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine.

Dr. O'Neal is a psychiatrist with a private practice and an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at Davis School of Medicine.

Mary C. Talaga, R.Ph., PhD, is administrative services leader for Kaiser Permanente Pharmacy Operations, Northern California Region. She has been a pharmacist for over thirty years, with specialization in psychiatric pharmacy. Talaga has practiced in a variety of clinical settings and provides training and mentoring to health care professionals as well as general education to patients and consumers. She is coauthor of Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists.

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