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The Therapist's Guide to Psychopharmacology


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IntroductionI. The Mind-Body Connection1. How the Brain Works2. How Psychotropic Drugs WorkII. Psychiatric Disorders and Their Treatment 3. Mood Disorders4. Anxiety Disorders5. Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses6. Cognitive Disorders7. Alcoholism and Substance Abuse8. Special Populations and SituationsIII. Creative Collaboration9. Focusing the Lens: The Referral Process and Medication Evaluation10. Sharing Care: Building Successful Collaborative Relationships11. Strengthening Bonds: Collaborating with the FamilyAppendix A. How Drugs Are Developed Appendix B. Future TrendsAppendix C. Professional OutreachGlossary

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JoEllen Patterson, PhD, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, University of San Diego; Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, USA A. Ari Albala, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, USA Margaret E. McCahill, MD, Combined Family Medicine--Psychiatry Residency Program, University of California, San Diego, USA Todd M. Edwards, PhD, Marriage and Family Therapy program, University of San Diego, USA


"An exceptional reference guide for the therapist. The information provided is explained in a straightforward format and is easy to understand and use in one's work with families. In addition, this book would be a wonderful faculty reference or text for students in courses that focus on psychological disorders." - Family Journal "Patterson et al. have written a book every therapist and student needs. This volume is filled with illustrative case examples that point to ways to work with medication and medication issues in a clinically skillful way!Should be a standard text in graduate programs and required reading for all students in psychotherapy and assessment practica." - Jay Lebow, Northwestern University, Illinois, USA "This book fills an important gap in the literature by providing psychotherapists with trustworthy medical information. The authors get to the essence of complex subjects and present them in an engaging and conversational writing style that readers will appreciate." - Wayne Denton, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA "The authors are careful to emphasize client concerns that often are overlooked, such as the importance of insurance considerations when determining appropriate physician referrals and medication choices... Provides a useful overview of many issues relevant for providing effective collaborative care." - PsycCRITIQUES

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