Schizophrenia (Oxford Psychiatry Library Series)

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Schizophrenia occurs in around 1 in every 100 people, affecting both men and women equally and with a typical onset of between 15 and 35 years of age. It is characterised by impairments in reality, most commonly hallucinations and delusions. As it is a highly complex condition it is often confused with other mental disorders such as bipolar disorder.

While there are many effective pharmacological treatments for the condition, clinicians need to be aware of existing pitfalls, including problems with treatment adherence and metabolic affects of anti-psychotic therapies. Written by two global opinion leaders on management of psychosis, this user-friendly practical guide outlines the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of patients with schizophrenia.

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David J. Castle is a Chair of Psychiatry at St Vincent's Hospital and the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is also a Consultant Psychiatrist at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne and Clinical Professor of the School of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, University of Western Australia, Australia.

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I highly recommend the book especially for psychiatrists, physicians, psychologists, specialising in special nurses and interested general practitioners, but there is a lot of helpful material for anyone else who comes into contact with patients with schizophrenia, whether it be as helpers or caregivers. Journal of the Norwegian Medical Society, June 2013

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