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Challenges in Clinical Practice: Pharmacologic and Psychosocial Strategies Hardcover – May 1, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-1572300675 ISBN-10: 1572300671 Edition: 1st
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Editorial Reviews


"This book deeply taps the rich repository of clinicians and clinical experience which has been developed in the Psychiatry group at the Massachusetts General Hospital over the past several decades. Their approach to patients is the best one in my opinion. They begin with rigorously derived empirical data which guide their decisions. However, when they reach the edge of what the field knows from scientific clinical trials, they utilize the collective experience and wisdom of this seasoned group of excellent clinicians." --James C. Ballenger, MD, Professor and Chairman; Director, Institute of Psychiatry, Medical University of South Carolina

"The book, Challenges in Clinical Practice, is a state-of-the-science text of the biopsychosocial model in action. It should be a 'must' text on the shelf of every mental health researcher and practitioner, and especially in the hands of every resident in psychiatry and graduate student in clinical psychology. It certainly will be used by me in teaching residents in my clinical classes." --Al. S. Fedoravicius, Ph.D., Chief, Psychology Service, VA Medical Center, Albuquerque; Depts of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of New Mexico

"Modern day mental health clinicians now have powerful empirically supported drug and psychosocial treatments in their armamentarium for the majority of mental disorders, and yet most clinicians are all too aware of the large number of treatment resistant patients who fail to benefit sufficiently from these interventions. Now, three of the leading clinicians and clinical scientists in the country from the Massachusetts General Hospital address the issue of treatment resistant patients, bringing to bear the latest information on this difficult issue. Particularly noteworthy is that these distinguished clinicians are accustomed to integrating drug and psychosocial treatments in clinical care in their setting. Therefore, clinicians everywhere confronting treatment-resistant patients can benefit from the newest integrative strategies for helping these individuals. This book should be on every clinician's shelf." --David H. Barlow, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Clinical Programs, Boston University

About the Author

Mark H. Pollack, M.D., is Director of the Anxiety Disorders Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Michael W. Otto, Ph.D. is currently the Director of the Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School.

Jerrold F. Rosenbaum, M.D., is Director of the Outpatient Psychiatry Division and Chief of the Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 504 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (May 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572300671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572300675
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,528,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Michael W. Otto, Ph.D. was born and raised in New Mexico. After getting his doctorate at the University of New Mexico he moved to the East Coast where he is now Professor of Psychology at Boston University. He is a federally funded investigator of strategies to improve treatment outcome for anxiety, mood, and substance use disorders, with over 350 publications spanning his research interests. Dr. Otto has over two decades of clinical and research experience at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and has served as President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. A central professional role has been to teach new therapists the science and art of helping people find successful strategies for desired change. Most recently, he has turned his attention to writing treatment manuals and books, including the following books written and published in the last several years:

* Hofmann & Otto (2008). Cognitive behavior therapy for social anxiety disorder: Evidence-based and disorder-specific treatment techniques. New York: Routledge.
* Otto et al. (2008). Living with bipolar disorder. New York: Oxford University Press.
* Otto et al. (2008). Managing bipolar disorder: A cognitive-behavioral approach (Therapist guide). New York: Oxford University Press.
* Otto & Pollack (2009). Stopping anxiety medication, 2nd Edition (Therapist guide). New York: Oxford University Press.
* Smits & Otto (2009). Exercise for mood and anxiety disorders (Therapist guide). New York: Oxford University Press.
* Otto et al. (in press). 10-Minute CBT: Integrating cognitive-behavioral strategies into your practice. New York: Oxford University Press.
* Otto, M. W. & Smits, J. A. J. (in press). Exercise for mood and anxiety: Proven strategies for overcoming depression and enhancing well being. New York: Oxford University Press.

These works direct readers to the central elements of change, to help readers and/or their therapists direct their efforts toward clinical success.

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Excellent summary of treatment strategies with extensive reference to supporting research data. Suitable for the clinician and any student of psychiatry. However, it is 5 years old and a update would be nice.
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