Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists

Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists

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The Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists is the go-to resource for mental health clinicians looking for clear, reliable information about the treatment of mental health issues. Organized by disorder and, within each disorder, by medication, this book is designed to familiarize clinicians and students with the basic terminology and models of pharmacokinetics.

This fully revised and updated eighth edition provides essential information on new medications and treatment options and includes the latest research on side effects, contraindications, and efficacy of all major medications prescribed for mental health disorders. The book also features an important new chapter on the effects of withdrawing from psychopharmacological medications.

This handbook makes it simple to: get the facts about drug interactions and side effects; find out how medications affect adults, children, and adolescents differently; learn how different cultures view medical treatment, vital information for anyone who treats clients from a variety of backgrounds; and discontinue medication safely when needed.

This essential guide to psychopharmacology has been adopted as a textbook at universities nationwide and is an important resource for every therapist’s library.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626259256
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 03/01/2017
Edition description: Eighth Edition, Revised
Pages: 376
Sales rank: 105,769
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

John D. Preston, PsyD, ABPP, is a licensed psychologist and author or coauthor of twenty books. He is professor emeritus of psychology at Alliant International University, and has also served on the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine. He has lectured widely in the United States and abroad. He is the recipient of the Mental Health Association’s President’s Award for contributions to the mental health professions, and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association.

John H. O’Neal, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist who has been in private practice since 1977. He is past chief of the department of psychiatry at Sutter Community Hospital in Sacramento, CA. He is associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the UC Davis School of Medicine, and a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He lectures on depression and psychopharmacology to mental health professionals, employee assistance programs, and the public. O’Neal received his Masters in clinical psychology from Harvard University, and Doctor of Medicine from the University of Washington.

Mary C. Talaga, RPh, PhD, has been a pharmacist for thirty-nine years, with specialization in psychiatric pharmacy and pharmacy administration. She has extensive experience in health care, and has practiced in a variety of clinical settings. Over her career, she has contributed to the development of best practice guidelines, and has promoted collaborative care models. She has provided training and mentoring to health care professionals, and education to patients and consumers.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Part 1 Understanding Psychopharmacology: The Basics

1 Introduction 3

2 Integrated Models 15

3 Neurobiology 29

4 Pharmacology 45

5 Medication Nonadherence 57

Part 2 Clinical Syndromes: Etiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment Implications

6 Preliminary Diagnostic Considerations 65

7 Depressive Disorders 77

8 Bipolar Disorders 95

9 Anxiety Disorders 107

10 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 123

11 Psychotic Disorders 129

12 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 139

13 Borderline Personality Disorders 147

14 Substance-Related Disorders 153

15 Other Miscellaneous Disorders 161

Part 3 Medications

16 Antidepressant Medications 175

17 Bipolar Medications 201

18 Antianxiety Medications 217

19 Antipsychotic Medications 227

20 Over-the-Counter Dietary Supplements and Herbal Products 239

21 Medication Discontinuation 243

22 Red Flags: When to Reevaluate 247

23 Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology 255

Epilogue: On the Horizon 277

Appendix A Pharmacokinetics 279

Appendix B Pharmacotherapy in Special Populations 285

Appendix C Psychotropic Drug Interactions 293

Appendix D Differentiating Psychotropic Side Effects from Psychiatric Symptoms 309

Appendix E Neurocognitive Mental Status Exam 313

Appendix F Trade Versus Generic Drug Names: A Quick Reference 317

Appendix G Medication Safety 321

Appendix H Books for Patients About Medication Treatment 325

Appendix I Patient Information Sheets on Psychiatric Medications 327

References 343

Index 363


John Preston lives in Shingle Springs, CA; John O’Neal lives in Roseville, CA; Mary Talaga lives in Fair Oaks, CA.

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