Essential Psychopharmacology of Antipsychotics and Mood Stabilizers (Essential Psychopharmacology Series)

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Drawn from the best-selling second edition of Essential Psychopharmacology, Steve Stahl has revised and updated the chapters covering antipsychotics and mood stabilizers in this separate volume. This new book covers the many dimensions of psychosis, particularly as associated with schizophrenia, and examines the role of dopamine in psychosis along with the various theories about the causes, pathophysiology, and treatment of schizophrenia. New material includes discussion of a promising new agent, aripiprazole, the first in a new class of dopamine stabilizers; the use of anticonvulsant agents to treat manic psychosis as well as being used as adjuncts to more traditional antipsychotic treatments for psychosis and schizophrenia; and the newest atypical antipsychotic ziprasidone. CME self-assessment tests are included.

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Drawn from the best-selling second edition of Essential Psychopharmacology, in this revised and updated new book Steve Stahl covers the many dimensions of psychosis (causes, pathophysiology, treatment and the role of dopamine). New material includes discussion of a promising new agent, aripiprazole, the first in a new class of dopamine stabilizers; the use of anticonvulsant agents; and the newest atypical antipsychotic ziprasidone. This book will be essential reading for all professionals treating psychosis, and students who need to know the mechanisms of drug actions. CME self-assessment tests are included.

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Born 09-14-51. Dr Stephen M. Stahl received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Northwestern University in Chicago, as a member of the honors program in Medical Education. He then received his Ph.D. degree in pharmacoogy and physiology from the University of Chicago. Dr Stahl has trained in three specialties: internal medicine at the University of Chicago; neurology at the University of California at San Francisco; and psychiatry at Stanford University. He is board certified in psychiatry. Dr Stahl has practiced psychiatry for the past 18 years. He has held faculty positions as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University Medical School, Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology at the University of California at Los Angeles, Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, London, Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Neurology, London, and currently, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California at San Diego. Dr Stahl was also Executive Director of Clinical Neurosciences at the Merck Neuroscience Research Center in the UK for several years. He currently supervises a staff of clinicians who both provide clinical care and conduct clinical research. Specialized programs include research and clinical management of treatment refractory depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and panic disorder. In addition to these clinical care programs, Dr Stahl has also conducted numerous research projects awarded by the National Institute of Mental Health and by the Veterans Administration as a faculty member at Stanford University, UCLA, the University of London Institute of Psychiatry, and currently at UCSD. Author of more than 200 articles and chapters and several books, Dr Stahl is an internationally recognized clinician, researcher and teacher in psychiatry with subspecialty expertise in psychopharmacology. Lectures, courses and preceptorships based upon the first edition

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