The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry [With CDROM] by Robert E. Hales

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A broad, integrated knowledge of both psychology and neuroscience is the essence of psychiatric practice and the ideal basis for treatment decisions. Psychiatrists are distinct among mental health professionals in that their knowledge and training allow them to be the ultimate integrators of the biological and psychosocial perspectives underlying diagnostic understanding and treatment. This integrative focus is built into the fourth edition of this encyclopedicAand now classicAtextbook. Three years in the making, it has undergone more comprehensive and significant change than any previous edition. This densely informative textbook comprises 40 scholarly, authoritative chapters by an astonishing 89 experts and combines junior and senior authors alike to enhance the rich diversity and quality of clinical perspectives. The editors have added a chapter on interpersonal therapy and updated all chapters to include the latest references and research findings. Selected chapters have been completely rewritten by new authors. This wide-ranging reference covers the following topics in four main parts: -Part I, Theoretical Foundations and AssessmentAExplains the theoretical bases of psychiatry, from genetics and normal development of the mind and body to various psychiatric assessment tools, such as the interview/history, assessment scales, and laboratory and other diagnostic tests -Part II, Psychiatric DisordersADiscusses various aspects of psychiatric disorders (e.g., dementia; substance abuse; schizophrenia; mood, anxiety, somatoform, factitious, dissociative, sexual/gender identity, personality, sleep, eating, and pain disorders), including those usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood, or adolescence -Part III, Psychiatric TreatmentsADescribes the latest treatments, including psychopharmacology and electroconvulsive therapy, brief dynamic individual psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, interpersonal psychotherapy, behavior and cognitive therapies, group therapy, and couple and family therapy, hypnosis, and treatment of children and adolescents -Part IV, Special Clinical TopicsAPresents fascinating perspectives on suicide, violence, women's mental health, cultural psychiatry, the law and psychiatry, and ethics and psychiatry The editors have included the Electronic DSM-IV-TR Plus on CD-ROM, which contains a collection of reference materials such as the full text of DSM-IV-TR, the APA Practice Guidelines, and the American Psychiatric Glossary, Seventh EditionAall fully searchable and replete with cross-references and hypertext links. Although crafted primarily for advanced psychiatry residents and practicing psychiatrists, this highly practical volume remains a standard educational reference for physicians of other specialties, including family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, and neurology.

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