Covers in detail not only the biological and psychological basis of schizophrenia, but also the aetiology and treatment options
The authors are well known and highly respected
A comprehensive pocketbook that is relevant to a range of students, trainees and specialists
New to this edition
Fully updated to cover the new DSM-5 diagnostic criteria
Reflects new data and new studies on: Psychiatric and medical co-morbidity, Genetic and environmental factors, new drug therapies, adherence and the role of depots, New advances in psychosocial therapies (CBT,ACT, & cognitive remediation
An updated and expanded appendix
Part of the Oxford Psychiatry Library of pocketbooks, this user-friendly and practical guide will outline the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of patients with schizophrenia. Co-authored by two global experts on the management of patients with psychosis, this pocketbook will serve as a useful guide for psychiatrists, trainees, psychiatric specialist nurses, and interested general practitioners.
Schizophrenia is one of the most disabling mental illnesses and is also highly prevalent, occurring in approximately 1% of the population and affecting both men and women equally. The disorder has a typical onset of between 15 and 35 years of age and is characterised by impairments in reality, most commonly hallucinations and delusions. It is a highly complex condition and is often confused with other mental disorders such as bipolar disorder. This new edition will cover new DSM-5 diagnostic criteria and to reflect new data and include new longitudinal studies on psychiatric and medical co-morbidity, Genetic and environmental factors, new drug therapies, adherence and the role of depots, new advances in psychosocial therapies (CBT,ACT, & cognitive remediation) and includes an updated and expanded appendix.
"Schizophrenia is a key psychiatric illness, which raises challenges for diagnosis, assessment and treatment. Given the prevalence and difficulty in treating schizophrenia, this forms an essential contribution to the Oxford Psychiatry Library series. [Do you think this would make a useful contribution to the literature?] Yes - this would provide a reference for different aspects of schizophrenia important to medical students and the practicing clinician. There is currently much interest in novel treatments for schizophrenia including CBT and these appear to be covered in this volume as well as important information on symptoms, diagnosis and special populations. The section on co-mordity I believe it also essential, given the practical problems in treatment of this group and also very recent and compelling evidence concerning the role of substance misuse." - Dr Catherine Harmer, University Department of Psychiatry, Warneford Hospital, Oxford, UK
"Everyone knows of David Castle and he is very well respected... He has a very comprehensive knowledge of schizophrenia. " - Dr Philip D. Harvey, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, USA
Part 1: The Myths and the Science
1: DIAGNOSIS AND CLASSIFICATION
2: CLINICAL FEATURES
4: EPIDEMIOLOGY AND LONGITUDINAL COURSE
6: SCHIZOPHRENIA AS A BRAIN DISEASE
Part 2: Treatments
7: MODELS OF CARE
8: THE ROLE OF MEDICATION
9: PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PSYCHOSOCIAL TREATMENTS
10: SPECIAL CLINICAL SITUATIONS
Part 3: INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS AND CARERS.
11: MEDICATION AS PART OF THE TREATMENT OF SCHIZOPHRENIA: INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS AND CARERS
12: COMMON MEDICATIONS IN PSYCHIATRY
13: ANTIPSYCHOTIC MEDICATIONS
15: LOOKING AFTER YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH
About the Authors:
Professor David J Castle MBChB MSc MD FRCPsych FRANZCP is the Chair of psychiatry at St Vincent's Mental Health and The University of Melbourne, Australia. He has extensive clinical and research experience across a wide array of psychiatric issues. In the area of schizophrenia, he has published widely on aspects as diverse as epidemiology, aetiology, gender differences, the role of substance use, and pharmacological and psychosocial treatments. He has published 12 books, including the British Medical Association Mental Health Book of the Year for 2005, <"Marijuana and Madness>" (co-edited with Prof Robin Murray, Institute of Psychiatry, London).
Prof. Peter F. Buckley, MD, is the Dean of the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia, USA. Dr. Buckley completed his medical degree, residency in psychiatry, and schizophrenia fellowship at University College Dublin, School of Medicine in Ireland. His career in psychiatry has focused on the many aspects of schizophrenia, including treatment strategies and the management of treatment refractory schizophrenia, brain imaging, and the pharmacological management of comorbid conditions such as depression, substance abuse, and aggression.