The Evidence-Based Guide to Antidepressant Medications

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The second book in the Evidence-Based Guides series, The Evidence-Based Guide to Antidepressant Medications, provides a clear reference to the current knowledge and evidence base for the use of antidepressants among a variety of patients across a wide range of disorders. Today, in part due to the newer antidepressants, which have fewer side effects and less toxicity in overdose, many non mental health professionals feel comfortable prescribing antidepressants. Antidepressants are prescribed for many patients in addition to those who have major depressive disorder, including patients with bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, and personality disorders, as well as those with medical illnesses. In addition, antidepressants are increasingly being prescribed by clinicians for so-called off-label use to treat illnesses for which the medications do not have U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval making it more important than ever for practicing clinicians to understand the use of antidepressants among several special populations, including children and adolescents, the geriatric patient, and pregnant and lactating women. Chapters within this guide are authored by experts in their respective areas of practice. Together, they have synthesized a large amount of medical literature into a comprehensive, yet understandable, concise, reader-friendly guide that features useful tables pertaining to the efficacy of specific medications and summaries of important clinical pearls of wisdom that are summarized at the end of each chapter into Key Clinical Concepts. This text is a must-have reference for psychiatrists and other practicing clinicians, residents-in-training, psychiatric nurses, social workers, and researchers.

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Anthony J. Rothschild, M.D., is Irving S. and Betty Brudnick Endowed Chair and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Healthcare in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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The Evidence-Based Guide to Antidepressant Medications contains outstanding work conducted by leading authorities in mood disorders. This guide provides a thorough review of the literature on what is known about antidepressants across psychiatric disorders, over the life span and in special populations. There are practical tables, figures, tips, recommendations, and references to help guide the clinician in the management of their patients. This book is very suitable for a wide audience ranging from medical students, residents, fellows, and clinical health professions. --Carlos A. Zarate, Jr., M.D., Chief Experimental Therapeutics & Pathophysiology Branch, Division Intramural Research Programs, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland

This up-to-date guide is just what Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses need to provide quality care to patients who are prescribed antidepressant s. Each chapter is chock full of study results, myth busters, and critical information for prescribing. No desk top should be without it! --Margaret Knight Ph.D., PMHCNS-BC, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Rothschild and his collaborators have produced a wonderful, comprehensive guide to a class of medications that have become ubiquitous in modern psychiatric practice. It offers sophisticated approaches to the use of antidepressants for a broad range of disorders, providing the information that both clinicians and patients need to make optimal treatment choices. My copy is sure to be one of the best-thumbed reference books on my shelves. --Paul S. Appelbaum, M.D., Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Law Columbia University

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