A Pocket Reference for Psychiatrists

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American Psychiatric Press, 2001 - Medical - 332 pages

Like its predecessors, the third edition of this popular and eminently practical resource offers clinicians a truly concise reference—it literally fits into the pocket of a lab coat—that sorts through the multitude of data needed when practicing psychiatry today.

A welcome supplement to standard, much lengthier psychiatric textbooks, this convenient reference includes diagnostic evaluation checklists, report outlines, and DSM-IV-TR information such as codes and drug doses. Enhanced by readily available references that give clinicians authoritative sources as starting points for more detailed study, this concise volume presents the expertise of 28 distinguished contributors in six sections. Some sections are designed to jog the memory of a clinician while interviewing a client with an unfamiliar psychiatric problem, others to assist the house officer in ordering needed laboratory tests or initiating treatment to stabilize the patient until morning rounds.

Assessment—Psychiatric histories, mental health examinations, psychiatric systems review, laboratory screenings and brain imaging in psychiatry, and psychology referrals (consultation and assessment)

Treatment—What to tell patients about a prescribed medication, trade and generic drug names and pharmacologic class, drug level monitoring, and detailed information about therapeutic, antipsychotic, antidepressant, and benzodiazepine medications, mood stabilizers, central nervous system (CNS) stimulants, adrenergic blocking agents, herbal remedies, and electroconvulsive therapy

Specialty Areas—Emergency, forensic, medical, reproductive, and geriatric psychiatry; psychiatric assessment of children; and eating and sleeping disorders

Substance Abuse—Interview, definition of alcoholism, detection of drugs in blood and urine, nicotine dependence, cannabis, CNS depressants and stimulants, hallucinogens, opiates, volatile inhalants, and anticholinergics

Reports and Prior Authorization—Initial patient report, dismissal summary, and indications for inpatient treatment when completing prior authorization forms

DSM-IV-TR and Other Assessment Instruments—DSM-IV-TR classification, psychosocial and environmental problems (Axis IV), Global Assessment of Functioning Scale (Axis V), and Holmes Social Readjustment Rating Scale

In addition to its revised index and updated tables, this third edition features three entirely new topics: reproductive psychiatry, geriatrics, and herbal medicines. As with the two previous editions, clinicians are encouraged to write in the margins of this book, adding information they normally have to look up (e.g., favorite mental status exam items and frequently used telephone numbers) as well as notes on new and familiar drugs, laboratory tests, imaging studies, and other advances.

Both wide ranging and concise, the third edition of this informative reference continues its tradition as one of the best companion sources for clinicians in their daily practices.

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Jenkins is a psychiatrist in a private practice.

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