Academic journal article Alcoholism and Psychiatry Research

The Essential Guide to Lithium Treatment

Academic journal article Alcoholism and Psychiatry Research

The Essential Guide to Lithium Treatment

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Title: The Essential Guide to Lithium Treatment Authors: Bauer Michael, Gitlin Michael ISBN: 978-3-319-31212-5 eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-31214-9 Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Number of pages: XIV, 158

The book reviewed is a practical, up-todate guide to the optimal use of lithium for the short- and long-term treatment of mood disorders which adresses various aspects of effective and safe use of lithium in clinical practice. It should be noted that the autors Michael Bauer, MD, PhD and Michael J. Gitlin, Md are leading world experts and have more than 25 years of experience in research and clinical use of lithium which guarantees the excellence of the texts. The aformentioned authors also bring to our attention that despite the fact that lithium has unique propeties as an effective mood stabilizer as well demonstrateing anti-suicidal and antidepressant effects that lithium is dramatically underutilized in the tretment of patients with mood disorders which is in contrast to the fact that lithium is consistently ranked as a first choice medication for the long-term treatment of bipolar disorders in all major national and international treatment guidlines. The book consists of several chapters. …

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