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Schizophrenia is one of the most challenging brain disorders a mental health professional can face, yet its causes and cure remain elusive. Written by experts from a wide range of psychiatric disciplines to serve as a singular resource, Essentials of Schizophrenia clearly defines the current knowledge of the nature, causes, and treatment of this disorder and puts the many misconceptions about this disabling illness into perspective. Schizophrenia is so devastating because it robs people of the very things that make them human -- their personality and intellect. Symptoms typically have their onset in early adulthood, and the disorder often leaves the individual permanently disabled. This book leads readers through questions surrounding this debilitating disorder, from an historical overview and review of epidemiology to consideration of comorbid conditions. Key topics covered in this text include:  Identification of early signs of cognitive impairment and the resulting psychopharmalogical treatment strategies for improving social or vocational function. Role of antipsychotics, antianxiety/hypnotics, antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and dopamine agonists in treatment and associated side effects. Current proven psychosocial interventions that augment and complement drug therapy, and increased patient involvement in choice of treatment modality.  Keys to early identification of individuals who are vulnerable to schizophrenia, and the potential for earlier intervention and treatment. Optimal treatment approaches for first episodes to increase the likelihood of full recovery.  Answers to frequently asked questions raised by psychiatrists in daily encounters with their patients with schizophrenia. A must-read for anyone involved in the care and treatment of individuals with schizophrenia, Essentials of Schizophrenia helps the reader better understand the disorderin an accessible format. Squarely confronting a misunderstood disease that has caused great suffering and disability, this textbook serves as a dependable source of knowledge for current psychiatric professionals as well as the next generation of students and clinicians to come.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 284 pages
  • 177.8 x 251.46 x 22.86mm | 698.53g
  • American Psychiatric Association Publishing
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • 2 Line drawings, unspecified; 12 Tables, unspecified
  • 1585624012
  • 9781585624010
  • 808,515

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"Various books have sections on schizophrenia covering treatment, background, and psychopathology, but this is the first book I have read that specifically covers schizophrenia. The authors do a good job of exciting readers about the recent progress that has been made in the treatment of schizophrenia as well as identifying future research potential."-- "Aaron Plattner, M.D., DOODY'S PUBLISHERS' CLUB", "January 2012"show more

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Schizophrenia remains a common and frequently disabling illness that poses enormous challenges for affected individuals, their families, mental health care providers, healthcare systems, and society at large. However, advances in the understanding of the causes of schizophrenia and its pathophysiology, and development of new evidence-based treatment approaches, provide hope for the future. Essentials of Schizophrenia was written by clinicians and researchers to be a singular resource that puts the many misconceptions of this prototypical disorder into perspective. An eminent roster of experts provide the latest clinically relevant information on the cause, nature, and treatment of schizophrenia in a succinct, accessible format. The authors shed light on the most challenging disorder psychiatrists and mental health care professionals face in a clinical setting. An important reference tool for anyone in the field of psychiatric medicine and mental health care, this text is destined to serve as a dependable source of knowledge for the future generation of clinicians, trainees, and students.show more

About Jeffrey A. Lieberman

Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D., is Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, Director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and Psychiatrist-in-Chief at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center in New York, New York.T. Scott Stroup, M.D., M.P.H., is Director of the Program for Intervention Effectiveness Research and Associate Director for Adult Services in the Division of Mental Health Services and Policy Research at New York State Psychiatric Institute, Department of Psychiatry of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in New York, New York.Diana O. Perkins, M.D., M.P.H., is Professor and Medical Director of OASIS (Outreach and Support Intervention Services) in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.show more

Table of contents

ContributorsPrefaceChapter 1. Epidemiology and Natural HistoryChapter 2. PsychopathologyChapter 3. Prodrome and First EpisodeChapter 4. Neurocognitive ImpairmentsChapter 5. Social and Functional ImpairmentsChapter 6. Co-occurring Substance Use and Other Psychiatric DisordersChapter 7. Medical ComorbiditiesChapter 8. PharmacotherapiesChapter 9. Psychosocial TherapiesChapter 10. Treatment of Chronic SchizophreniaIndexshow more