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Thoroughly updated for its Second Edition, this practical guide will aid residents and clinicians in diagnosing and treating the full spectrum of mood disorders. Using the conversational style and clinical vignettes found in all Practical Guides in Psychiatry titles, Dr. Ghaemi explains how to accurately diagnose unipolar depression and bipolar disorder and offers specific, detailed, evidence-based recommendations on pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy.
Chapters review the pharmacology of all antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and antipsychotics in current use and point out these drugs' advantages and drawbacks in specific clinical situations. Other chapters address clinical problems such as depression, mania, and ADHD in children and the conundrum of schizoaffective disorder.
The Practical Guides in Psychiatry series provides quick, concise information for professionals on the front lines of mental health care. Written in an easy-to-read, conversational style, these invaluable resources take you through each step of the psychiatric care process, delivering fast facts and helpful strategies that help you provide effective and compassionate care to your patients.
DIAGNOSIS Diagnosis and Description of Mood Disorders The Unipolar Depressive Spectrum Bipolar Disorder The Bipolar Spectrum BASIC PRINCIPLES Toward a Hippocratic Psychopharmacology Genes and Environment What is a Mood Stabilizer or Antidepressant? Definitions of Drug Classes TREATMENT OF UNIPOLAR DEPRESSION General Principles for Treatment of Unipolar Depression Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors and Tricyclic Antidepressants Atypical Antidepressants Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors Treatment Strategies for Refractory Unipolar Depression TREATMENT OF BIPOLAR DISORDER General Principles of Bipolar Disorder Lithium Standard Anticonvulsants Novel Anticonvulsants Atypical Neuroleptic Agents Standard Antidepressants Treatment Strategies for Refractory Bipolar Disorder Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder SPECIAL TOPICS Children: Depression, Mania, and ADHD Psychotherapies for Mood Disorders The Elderly The Conundrum of Schizoaffective Disorder FOR FAMILIES AND CLINICIANS For Clinicians: A Guide to the Clinical Interview of Mood Disorders For Families: How to Help Relatives with Mood Disorders