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Instant Psychopharmacology (Third Edition) Paperback – March 4, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0393705669 ISBN-10: 0393705668 Edition: Third Edition
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Each chapter is detailed, essentially covering everything you would need to know about specific medications in each class, their intended use, contraindications and metabolic actions. These medication-specific chapters are up-to-date and as inclusive as any I have read in similar books….a valuable resource you should have in your reference library. (New England Psychologist)

[C]ompletely revised...a ‘must’ for any library catering to non-medical therapists and clients who wish to understand the latest drug options. (Midwest Book Review)

About the Author

Ronald J. Diamond, MD, is a professor at the University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry in Madison, and Medical Director of the Mental Health Center of Dane County. He teaches psychopharmacology to hundreds of social workers, counselors, nurses, clients, and families of individuals with mental illness each year.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Third Edition edition (March 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393705668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393705669
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Change in psychopharmacology is accelerating requiring updated editions which actually often represent complete re-vampings of information. This third edition discusses these new medications how they work, how they differ from older medications, and their pros and cons. It's been completely revised and is a 'must' for any library catering to non-medical therapists and clients who wish to understand the latest drug options.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew J. Rózsa on October 13, 2012
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First of all, I want to commend the clarity with which the author integrates his personal experience with prescribing and the research literature. The single most important revelation to me is the compelling description of the effectiveness of antipsychotics in situations other than psychoses. I was dead set against their use with non-psychotic patients, but after reading this material I will be able to advise primary care physicians more cogently and not "throw out the baby with the bath water." I am delighted to have chosen this particular material for my CEUs. It sharpened my knowledge, clarified some of my misconceptions and updated my repertoire. While hitherto I have given up on Borderlines, I see myself less reticent in working with them in the future and adding the help of a psychiatrist to my treatment plan. I recommend this book without hesitation to all non-physician therapists who work with patients in need of a medication regimen to add to a more comprehensive treatment plan. Good job and thank you, Dr. Diamond!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia M. Scott on September 1, 2009
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A must keep book for all professionals or families. Very informative and an easy read for even the non professionals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Booklover on October 11, 2013
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I'm a non-MD psychotherapist and this little book has everything I need to know about the meds my clients are taking. A gem. Highly recommended.
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I am a pediatrician who wanted to now a bit more about drugs used for psychosis, depression, anxiety and ADHD. This book was an easy read, summarizing clinical trials without jargon and giving a bit of the author's personal perspective. I recommend this book for non-MD therapists and non-psychiatrist MDs. I think it is a bit too heavy for the average lay person, patient or parent.
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By saregina on September 22, 2012
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Diamond does an awesome job speaking from the psychiatrist perspective, yet including the importance of the client and other clinicians as critical players in care. comprehensive, up to date, and easy to read. highly recommended for professions involved with use and monitoring psychopharmaceuticals.
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By A. Pratt on March 2, 2011
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As a non-prescriber psychologist working closely with non-psychiatric prescribers, I find this an excellent resource. Once in a while I would like more detail, but this book is always at my fingertips.
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Concise, clear, compact. Perfect pharmacology reference book for behavioral health professionals. It was recommended by my grad school professor, and now I find myself using it almost on a daily basis.
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