Oct 252014
 

The Use and Misuse of Psychiatric Drugs: An Evidence-Based Critique


By (author): Joel Paris

“Dr. Paris has written an honest, balanced presentation of the ways in which psychiatric drugs are evaluated and prescribed. He highlights the complexity of the task, the limits of what is known and the mixed picture that research often produces. His conclusions are refreshing because they are built from an even-handed, pragmatic assessment of the empirical evidence. The result is a stimulating look at the world of treatments for emotional disorders that acknowledges the usefulness of both biological and psychosocial explanations where appropriate. His recommendations provide helpful roadmaps for patients, practitioners and researchers alike. The book is sure to serve as a welcome catalyst for the continuing debates about which treatments are likely to produce the best outcomes.”
Roger P. Greenberg, Ph.D. Distinguished Professor and Head, Psychology Division Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science SUNY Upstate Medical University, NY, USA

The message of this book is that psychiatrists have some very good drugs, but can expect bad results when they are over-used, prescribed outside of evidence-based indications, or given to the wrong patients. While acknowledging that many current agents are highly effective and have revolutionized the treatment of certain disorders, Joel Paris criticizes their use outside of an evidence base. Too many patients are either over-medicated or are misdiagnosed to justify aggressive treatment. Dr. Paris calls for more government funding of clinical trials to establish, without bias, the effectiveness of these agents. He has written this book for practitioners and trainees to show that scientific evidence supports a more cautious and conservative approach to drug therapy.

After describing the history of psychopharmacology, including its early successes, Dr. Paris reviews the relationship between psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry. This problem has received considerable popular attention in recent years and Dr. Paris documents initiatives to increase transparency and decrease the influence of pharmaceutical marketing on diagnosis and prescribing habits.

Dr Paris then examines some major controversies. One is the fact that newer drugs have not been shown to be superior to older agents. Another is that while the number of prescriptions for antidepressants has increased dramatically, meta-analyses show that their value is more limited than previously believed. Still another is the widespread prescription of mood stabilizers and antipsychotic drugs for patients, including children and adolescents, who do not have bipolar illness. Polypharmacy is an especially contentious area: very few drug combinations have been tested in clinical trials, yet many patients end up on a cocktail of powerful drugs, each with its own side effects.

Dr Paris briefly considers alternatives to pharmacology and again calls for more clinical trials of these approaches. He also discusses the current trend to medicalizing what many would describe as normal distress and states succinctly: Some things in life are worth being upset about.

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Oct 172014
 

Get Through MRCPsych: MCQs for Paper 3


By (author): Arunraj Kaimal, Manoj Rajagopal, Salman Karim

Completely up to date with the latest examination changes, Get Through MRCPsych: MCQs for Paper 3contains over 380 ‘best answer 1 of 5’ multiple choice questions (MCQs) presented in a format closely matching the new syllabus. Modelled on actual exam questions so that they accurately reflect the style and level of difficulty, candidates can test and assess their knowledge aiding thorough exam preparation. Providing useful revision advice on question comprehension and answer strategies, candidates can feel fully prepared when they enter the examination room.

Featuring an invaluable collection of revision MCQs and detailed explanatory answers referenced to major journals and specialist textbooks, Get Through MRCPsych: MCQs for Paper 3 is the essential revision book for trainee psychiatrists.

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Oct 102014
 

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Oct 042014
 

International Dictionary of Psychoanalysis, 3 Volume Set


More than a field of science of medicine, psychoanalysis – the interpretation and treatment of disorders and behaviors of the mind – is field that has touched nearly all other arts and humanities: literature, painting, film, music and more. To understand the underpinnings of this field is to shed light on how much of the Western world has understood itself during the 20th century. The International Dictionary of Psychoanalysis – published in France in 2002 and now available in English – is the most extensive reference work published on this topic. The International Dictionary of Psychoanalysis not only represents all branches of the field, but it also defines the evolution of the different theoretical and clinical psychoanalytical concepts as well as the major individuals, works, events and institutions which have made an impact on the history of the psychoanalytical movement worldwide. It also reveals the history of psychoanalysis in 50 countries and shows the relationship between psychoanalysis and other disciplines, with entries discussing writers, philosophers, literary movements, and historical events. the major psychoanalysts worldwide and 170 articles on their major works. This set distinguishes itself because it brings, in the controversial field of psychoanalysis, an authoritative and non-partisan analysis and history of the discipline, with writers reflecting a cosmopolitan range of ideological positions – Freudians, Jungians, Lacanians, and Kleinians – as well as clinical practitioners and academic historians. The international team of authors representing most parts of the world provides a truly global perspective on this field. Its interdisciplinary approach covering medical, historical, and intellectual aspects, makes it of interest to readers beyond the fields of psychoanalysis, psychology, and medicine.
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Sep 202014
 

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Sep 092014
 

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Sep 092014
 

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Aug 042014
 

Oxford Handbook of Psychiatry (Oxford Medical Handbooks)


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By (author): David Semple, Roger Smyth

Fully revised and updated for the new edition, the Oxford Handbook of Psychiatry provides the most up-to-date information clinically relevant to the doctor on the ground. Using a presentation-based format it provides detailed advice on clinical decision making after diagnosis. This handbook is an indispensable companion for any professional working in psychiatric medicine.

Covering all major psychiatric conditions and sub-specialties, this handbook provides practical and comprehensive guidelines and in-depth coverage of psychiatric assessment, psychopathology, evidence-based practice, therapeutic issues, and transcultural psychiatry. Fully up-to-date with the latest revisions of the DSM-IV and the ICD10, it is indexed alphabetically by classification codes and acute presentations for quick access. It reflects the recent major changes to psychiatric training and examination as well as the latest drug information. Reviewed by experienced clinicians, and revised by Specialist Trainees, this handbook not only gives expert advice for psychiatry professionals, but is also directly relevant to trainees in psychiatry. For the third edition, new information includes guidance on Adult ADHD, information on new drugs of abuse (e,g, GBL, GHB, mephodrone), and clinical decision-making in the prison setting. With such broad coverage and depth of guidance, this is the must-have pocket guide for all professionals and trainees working in psychiatry.

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Jun 222014
 

Difficult Psychiatric Consultations: An Integrated Approach


By (author): Sergio V. Delgado, Jeffrey R. Strawn

The fields of psychiatry and child psychiatry are encumbered by numerous and complex relational, medicolegal, and ethical dilemmas. This practical and clinically relevant book attempts to bring clarity to complex clinical presentations through the integration of psychodynamic, family systems, medicolegal, and ethical perspectives. It recognizes that the intimate and often difficult work with such complex cases requires consultation with multidimensional experts to address psychodynamic, family, ethical, and therapeutic issues. In the process, the author aims to foster the comfort and skill in dealing with these cases that is essential to the personal and professional growth of the psychiatrist. It is further anticipated that the book will assist in developing best practice standards for assessment and intervention in cases of this nature.

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Mar 222014
 

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