The Psychotherapist's Guide to Psychopharmacology

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9780029117811: The Psychotherapist's Guide to Psychopharmacology

In the last 20 years much work has been done on the influence of brain biochemistry on mood and behaviour and on pharmacological approaches to treating mental and emotional disorders. Partly as a result of this fact, a large proportion of patients who consult psychotherapists are already on medication of some sort. This book presents an overview of psychopharmacology for psychotherapists. It is designed to help them to treat patients in a way that takes into account the effects of the medication, and to recognize when some kind of pharmacological assistance might be useful in treating a disorder.

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Judith Marks Mishne, D.S.W. Professor, New York University School of Social Work This most readable, jargon-free text is clear, astute, and bridges the split between those physicians who prescribe medication and those therapists who do not....Dr. Gitlin's dual knowledge base and his respect for both methods of intervention are clear, as he demonstrates comfort with the split treatment model and collegial regard for the nonmedical clinician. This text is a must as a clinical guide for the nonphysician therapist.

Judith Marks Mishne, D.S.W.

Professor, New York University School of Social Work

This most readable, jargon-free text is clear, astute, and bridges the split between those physicians who prescribe medication and those therapists who do not....Dr. Gitlin's dual knowledge base and his respect for both methods of intervention are clear, as he demonstrates comfort with the split treatment model and collegial regard for the nonmedical clinician. This text is a must as a clinical guide for the nonphysician therapist.



Robert O. Pasnau, M.D.

Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles Chief of Staff, Neuropsychiatric Institute Hospital Assistant Dean, School of Medicine

It is extremely useful for those psychiatrists, like me, who as psychotherapists are becoming increasingly convinced that combined pharmacology and psychotherapy is the treatment of choice of the majority of our patients. Most of my patients want to know why and how medications work, and they are becoming increasingly knowledgeable about side effects and dependency.



Stanley R. Grahame, Ph.D.

Clinical Director, Fifth Avenue Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy Director of Training, Greenwich Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies

A concise, comprehensive review of the field of psychopharmacology which succeeds in communicating a mass of relevant data in an easily understandable text without talking down to the nonmedical psychotherapist. It is a triumph in communication of what every therapist should know about...patients who are receiving medication, who should be receiving medication, and who should not be receiving medication. The best book of its kind to date.



Lester Grinspoon, M.D.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Editor, "Harvard Medical School Mental Health Letter"

Since the introduction of chlorpromazine in 1953, a biological revolution has confronted psychotherapists with a vast array of medications which can enhance their effectiveness in treating a large variety of mental disorders. The practice of psychotherapy now requires an understanding of these drugs, including their indications, mechanisms of action, side effects, and especially the complex relationship between drug treatment and psychotherapy. For that purpose Gitlin's well-written, thorough, and comprehensive book is the best I have seen -- a text that will be useful not only to therapists without medical training but also to the psychopharmacologically sophisticated.



Judith Marks Mishne, D.S.W.Professor, New York University School of Social WorkThis most readable, jargon-free text is clear, astute, and bridges the split between those physicians who prescribe medication and those therapists who do not....Dr. Gitlin's dual knowledge base and his respect for both methods of intervention are clear, as he demonstrates comfort with the split treatment model and collegial regard for the nonmedical clinician. This text is a must as a clinical guide for the nonphysician therapist.

Robert O. Pasnau, M.D.Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles Chief of Staff, Neuropsychiatric Institute Hospital Assistant Dean, School of MedicineIt is extremely useful for those psychiatrists, like me, who as psychotherapists are becoming increasingly convinced that combined pharmacology and psychotherapy is the treatment of choice of the majority of our patients. Most of my patients want to know why and how medications work, and they are becoming increasingly knowledgeable about side effects and dependency.

Stanley R. Grahame, Ph.D.Clinical Director, Fifth Avenue Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy Director of Training, Greenwich Institute for Psychoanalytic StudiesA concise, comprehensive review of the field of psychopharmacology which succeeds in communicating a mass of relevant data in an easily understandable text without talking down to the nonmedical psychotherapist. It is a triumph in communication of what every therapist should know about...patients who are receiving medication, who should be receiving medication, and who should not be receiving medication. The best book of its kind to date.

Lester Grinspoon, M.D.Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Editor, "Harvard Medical School Mental Health Letter"Since the introduction of chlorpromazine in 1953, a biological revolution has confronted psychotherapists with a vast array of medications which can enhance their effectiveness in treating a large variety of mental disorders. The practice of psychotherapy now requires an understanding of these drugs, including their indications, mechanisms of action, side effects, and especially the complex relationship between drug treatment and psychotherapy. For that purpose Gitlin's well-written, thorough, and comprehensive book is the best I have seen -- a text that will be useful not only to therapists without medical training but also to the psychopharmacologically sophisticated.

Robert O. Pasnau, M.D. Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles Chief of Staff, Neuropsychiatric Institute Hospital Assistant Dean, School of Medicine It is extremely useful for those psychiatrists, like me, who as psychotherapists are becoming increasingly convinced that combined pharmacology and psychotherapy is the treatment of choice of the majority of our patients. Most of my patients want to know why and how medications work, and they are becoming increasingly knowledgeable about side effects and dependency.

Stanley R. Grahame, Ph.D. Clinical Director, Fifth Avenue Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy Director of Training, Greenwich Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies A concise, comprehensive review of the field of psychopharmacology which succeeds in communicating a mass of relevant data in an easily understandable text without talking down to the nonmedical psychotherapist. It is a triumph in communication of what every therapist should know about...patients who are receiving medication, who should be receiving medication, and who should not be receiving medication. The best book of its kind to date.

Lester Grinspoon, M.D. Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Editor, Harvard Medical School Mental Health Letter Since the introduction of chlorpromazine in 1953, a biological revolution has confronted psychotherapists with a vast array of medications which can enhance their effectiveness in treating a large variety of mental disorders. The practice of psychotherapy now requires an understanding of these drugs, including their indications, mechanisms of action, side effects, and especially the complex relationship between drug treatment and psychotherapy. For that purpose Gitlin's well-written, thorough, and comprehensive book is the best I have seen -- a text that will be useful not only to therapists without medical training but also to the psychopharmacologically sophisticated.

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Stanley R. Grahame, Ph.D. Clinical Director, Fifth Avenue Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy Director of Training, Greenwich Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies A concise, comprehensive review of the field of psychopharmacology which succeeds in communicating a mass of relevant data in an easily understandable text without talking down to the nonmedical psychotherapist. It is a triumph in communication of what every therapist should know about...patients who are receiving medication, who should be receiving medication, and who should not be receiving medication. The best book of its kind to date.

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