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Case Studies: Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology


  • Date Published: April 2011
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from October 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521182089

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  • Designed with the distinctive, user-friendly presentation Dr Stahl's audience know and love, this new stream of Stahl books capitalize on Dr Stahl's greatest strength - the ability to address complex issues in an understandable way and with direct relevance to the everyday experience of clinicians. The book describes a wide-ranging and representative selection of clinical scenarios, making use of icons, questions/answers and tips. It follows these cases through the complete clinical encounter, from start to resolution, acknowledging all the complications, issues, decisions, twists and turns along the way. The book is about living through the treatments that work, the treatments that fail, and the mistakes made along the journey. This is psychiatry in real life – these are the patients from your waiting room – this book will reassure, inform and guide better clinical decision making.

    • Describes treatment options for a wide range of psychiatric disorders
    • Explains what to try next if an intervention fails, and highlights possible mistakes and pitfalls so that the reader does not have to make them
    • Based on the new requirements for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology's 10 year recertification process
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    'The case studies accurately reflect the complicated nature of the patients that we encounter in our practices … This novel book helps us look inside the mind of a seasoned psychopharmacologist and how he bridges the gap between research and clinical practice.' Doody's Notes

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521182089
    • length: 500 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 140 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from October 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. The man whose antidepressants stopped working
    2. The son who would not take a shower
    3. The man who kept hitting his wife over the head with a frying pan
    4. The son who could not go to bed
    5. The sleepy woman with anxiety
    6. The woman who felt numb
    7. The case of physician do not heal thyself
    8. The son whose parents were desperate to have him avoid Kraepelin
    9. The soldier who thinks he is a 'slacker' broken beyond all repair after 3 deployments to Iraq
    10. The young man everybody was afraid to treat
    11. The young woman whose doctors could not decide whether she has schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or both
    12. The scary man with only partial symptom control on clozapine
    13. The 8-year-old girl who was naughty
    14. The scatter-brained mother whose daughter has ADHD, like mother, like daughter
    15. The doctor who couldn't keep up with his patients
    16. The computer analyst who thought the government would choke him to death
    17. The severely depressed man with a life insurance policy soon to lose its suicide exemption
    18. The anxious woman who was more afraid of her anxiety medications than of anything else
    19. The psychotic woman with delusions that no medication could fix
    20. The breast cancer survivor who couldn't remember how to cook
    21. The woman who has always been out of control
    22. The young man with depression and alcohol abuse - like father, like son, like grandfather, like father, like great grandfather, like grandfather
    23. The woman with psychotic depression responsive to her own TMS machine
    24. The boy getting kicked out of his classroom
    25. The young man whose dyskinesia was prompt and not tardive
    26. The patient whose daughter wouldn't give up
    27. The psychotic arsonist who burned his house and tried to burn himself
    28. The woman with depression whose Parkinson's Disease vanished
    29. The depressed man who thought he was out of options
    30. The woman who was either manic or fat
    31. The girl who couldn't find a doctor
    32. The man who wondered if once a bipolar always a bipolar?
    33. Suck it up, soldier, and quit whining
    34. The young man who is failing to launch
    35. The young cancer survivor with panic
    36. The man whose antipsychotic almost killed him
    37. The painful man who soaked up his opiates like a sponge
    38. The woman with an ever fluctuating mood
    39. The psychotic sex offender with grandiosity and mania
    40. The elderly man with schizophrenia and Alzheimer's Disease

  • Author

    Stephen M. Stahl, University of California, San Diego
    Stephen M. Stahl is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, and Neuroscience Education Institute, Carlsbad, California, USA.


    Debbi A. Morrissette

    Illustrated by

    Nancy Muntner

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