Academic journal article East Asian Archives of Psychiatry

Clinical Handbook of Psychotropic Drugs (22Nd Edition)

Academic journal article East Asian Archives of Psychiatry

Clinical Handbook of Psychotropic Drugs (22Nd Edition)

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Clinical Handbook of Psychotropic Drugs (22nd Edition) Principal Editor: Ric M Procyshyn Editors: Kalyna Z Bezchlibnyk-Butler, J Joel Jeffries Hogrefe Publishing Group ISBN: 978-0-88937-496-6

Psychiatric medications have advanced considerably during the past decade. Although medications do not cure most mental illnesses, they substantially improve symptoms. Medications also make other non-pharmacological treatments more effective. The number of various classes of psychiatric drugs has increased rapidly. Although most doctors know which drugs to prescribe for certain diagnoses, no doctor can remember all the properties of every single drug. We need a quick reference from time to time to choose the right treatment for patients. Clinical Handbook of Psychotropic Drugs is an easy-to-use handbook that has useful colour coding and icons. Indications, precautions, drug interactions, and other drug information can be easily found under the corresponding headings.

Evidence-based medicine has become an essential part of clinical practice. However, real-world time constraints make it difficult for clinicians to be up-to-date with all the literature about pharmacological treatments of mental illnesses. This book provides the essential information in a concise style. When using this handbook, readers do not have to struggle with daunting research data and statistical terms. Yet, for those readers who want to read more about the supporting scientific evidence, the book provides a useful appendix at the end of each chapter summarising relevant studies.

Furthermore, doctors often need to revise drug regimens for patients according to treatment response and adverse effects. Doctors are particularly concerned about safety issues such as drug interactions and discontinuation symptoms. …

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