Fundamentals of Psychiatry, a pioneering work that takes a distinctive integrative and multidisciplinary approach to psychiatry.
They have rewritten the essential information from the main chapters of Psychiatry, Third Edition, (edited by Tasman, Kay, Lieberman, First, and Maj) to produce a thorough but compact first textbook for those in training in mental health or for practitioners interested in a compact clinical reference. The intent was not to be exhaustive or comprehensive, but to distill the content to a "need to know" form.
This book is a complete reference for DSM IV–TR disorders. It includes screening and assessment measures, differential diagnosis, necessary laboratory tests for diagnosis and treatment, the major treatment modalities (including psychopharmacotherapeutics), and special issues practitioners may face in treating patients with each disorder, including consultation and referral. It also provides information on therapeutic relationships, professional relationships, diagnostic methods, psychiatric emergencies, cultural and ethical/legal issues.
The nature of psychiatric disorders is such that understanding the person who has the illness, with all their pre–existing personal strengths and weaknesses, is essential to optimal understanding of the patient and for implementing a treatment plan. The authors take an integrative approach to patient care that acknowledges the complexity and uniqueness of the whole person within his or her contexts, making use of many means of understanding them. This philosophical approach affirms the collaborative relationship between patients, their families, and caregivers from different disciplines.
Within their unique multidisciplinary framework, the authors present an extremely well–written guide that:
- features sound clinical advice throughout, reflecting current thinking without overwhelming the reader with references and data
- presents clinical vignettes that illustrate common situations
- is especially suitable for course development and as augmented reading assignments
- is accessible to readers from junior to senior trainees.
This careful condensation of the massive psychiatric knowledge base is as engaging as it is user–friendly. Mental health professionals in training and in practice can turn to Fundamentals of Psychiatry with confidence in not only the quality of the material, but also the relevance to actual patient care.
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Tasman, Kay, Lieberman, First and Maj, Psychiatry, Third Edition, ISBN 9780470065716
UNIT 1 FOUNDATIONS.
Chapter 1 Introduction.
Chapter 2 The Therapeutic Relationship.
Chapter 3 An Integrative Approach to Developmental Psychopathology.
Chapter 4 Psychiatric Classifications.
Chapter 5 Psychiatry and the Neurosciences.
UNIT 2 THE CONTEXT OF CARE.
Chapter 6 Care Settings and the Continuum of Care.
Chapter 7 Cultural Context of Care.
Chapter 8 The Multidisciplinary Treatment Team and Working with Other Professionals.
Chapter 9 Ethical Practice.
Chapter 10 Legal Context of Psychiatric Practice.
UNIT 3 CLINICAL DISORDERS.
Chapter 11 Pediatric Disorders.
Chapter 12 Sleep Disorders.
Chapter 13 Bipolar Mood Disorders.
Chapter 14 Depression.
Chapter 15 Anxiety Disorders.
Chapter 16 Eating Disorders.
Chapter 17 Cognitive Disorders.
Chapter 18 Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence.
Chapter 19 Personality Disorders.
Chapter 20 Stereotyped Movement Disorder and Reactive Attachment Disorder.
Chapter 21 Adjustment Disorder.
Chapter 22 Impulse Control Disorders.
Chapter 23 Mental Disorders due to a Medical Condition.
Chapter 24 Factitious Disorder.
Chapter 25 Schizophrenia and Psychoses.
Chapter 26 Somatoform Disorders.
Chapter 27 Dissociative Disorders.
Chapter 28 Psychological Factors Affecting a Medical Condition.
Chapter 29 Sexual Disorders.
UNIT 4 ASSESSMENT AND THERAPEUTICS.
Chapter 30 Psychiatric Assessment, Treatment Planning, and the Medical Record.
Chapter 31 Psychological Testing and Rating Scales.
Chapter 32 Psychotherapeutic Approaches.
Chapter 33 Pharmacotherapeutic Interventions.
Chapter 34 Antidepressants and Mood Stabilizers.
Chapter 35 Antipsychotic Agents.
Chapter 36 Anxiolytics, Stimulants, and Cognitive Enhancers.
Chapter 37 Somatic Therapies.
UNIT 5 SPECIAL TOPICS.
Chapter 38 Psychiatric Emergencies.
Chapter 39 Violence.
"Overall the handbook is a well written, engaging, comprehensive review of the current literature on the efficacy of various interventions for alcohol and other illicit drug use disorders. It could become a useful guide for physicians and other health care professionals looking for scientific evidence for relevant interventions, as well as for researchers to better understand where their future studies need to focus on." (Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 2013)
"Distilling the vast amount of psychiatric information into a foundational text is no easy task, yet the authors have masterfully accomplished it, providing a book that will be of great value to those interested in mental health."(Doody′s, 2011)