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Practical Psychopharmacology: Basic to Advanced Principles
Thomas L. Schwartz
Routledge / Softcover / 2017-07-01 / 1138902535
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Practical Psychopharmacology takes the novel approach of writing at three different levels—beginning, intermediate, and advanced—to give the practicing psychopharmacologist a tailored experience. Each chapter focuses on a specific DSM-5 disorder and outlines abbreviated treatment guidelines to help the reader understand where their knowledge base and clinical practice currently resides. At the first level, the book teaches novice prescribers practical diagnostic skills and provides a brief overview of pertinent genetic and neuroimaging findings to increase prescribing confidence. Next, it provides mid-level clinicians with intermediate techniques and guidelines for more difficult cases. The final level provides nuanced guidance for advanced practitioners or those who see the most treatment-resistant patients. This approach allows a clinician to access this book periodically throughout the care of an individual patient and to gradually progress through a series of more advanced psychopharmacological techniques for making accurate and efficient diagnoses. Readers can also visit the book’s eResource page to download a bonus chapter on eating disorders as well as case studies and multiple-choice questions for each chapter.


"Dr. Thomas Schwartz has succeeded admirably in writing a psychopharmacology handbook based on advancing levels of knowledge and expertise. But this book does much more: it provides diagnostic screening questions, DSM-5 interviewing criteria, rating scales, and invaluable ‘background’ material on epidemiology, genetics, and neuroanatomy. Furthermore, Dr. Schwartz recognizes that ‘the core skills of psychotherapy are needed’ in psychopharmacology—a critical insight that penetrates to the core of psychiatry’s goals and values."

Ronald W. Pies MD, clinical professor of psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine, professor of psychiatry and lecturer on bioethics and humanities, SUNY Upstate Medical University

"The text Practical Psychopharmacology: Basic to Advanced Principles by Dr. Thomas Schwartzis an apotheosis of erudition, pragmatism, and knowledge-transfer. Dr. Schwartz’s discerning and artful approach provides multi-disciplinary practitioners with an incredibly comprehensive, yet succinct and accessible synthesis of the science and art of psychopharmacology. This textbook is an essential resource for any individual who is training and/or providing care to persons with common and severe mental disorders."

Roger S. McIntyre, MD, FRCPC, professor of psychiatry and pharmacology, University of Toronto, executive director, Brain and Cognition Discovery Foundation (BCDF), head of Mood Disorders Psychopharmacology Unit

"In this useful book, Thomas Schwartz provides a thoroughly practical guide to the contemporary practice of psychopharmacology. Loaded with clinical pearls, this book is essential reading for prescribers in training and for those who are looking for a handy way to stay up-to-date."

Michael Thase, MD, professor of psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania and the Corporal Michael Crescenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Table of Contents:

Preface. Psychopharmacology, Psychotherapy, and the Psychosocial Aspects of Prescribing Prologue: Psychopharmacopsychotherapy 1.Adult Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder 2. Anxiety Disorders: Panic, Social, Obsessive-Compulsive, Generalized, and Post-Traumatic Anxiety 3. Bipolar Disorders: Bipolar 1, Bipolar 2, Cyclothymic Disorder 4. Borderline Personality Disorder 5. Depressive Disorders: Major Depressive Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Premenstrual Dysphoric and Seasonal Depressive Disorder 6. Insomnia 7. Neurocognitive Disorders: Delirium, Dementia, Traumatic Brain Injury 8. Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders 9. Substance Related and Addictive Disorders: Nicotine, Alcohol, Opiates, and Food

About the Author:

Thomas L. Schwartz, MD, is a professor and interim chair of psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. He is co-editor of Integrating Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology: A Handbook for Clinicians and the second edition of Depression: Treatment Strategies and Management. He is co-author of Case Studies: Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology, Volume 2. Dr. Schwartz has received the Marc H. Hollander, MD, Psychiatry Award, the SUNY Upstate President’s Award and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Teaching, as well as the Nancy C.A. Roeske, MD, Certificate and the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching from the American Psychiatric Association.

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