This innovative handbook is for young practitioners in psychiatry and primary care, as well as psychiatric and non-psychiatric residents. The focus of this book is on practical clinical psychopharmacology that would fit best an outpatient clinical setting (non-emergency). Besides reviewing psychotropic drugs, it takes a practical approach, making detailed practical recommendations on the use of currently available psychiatric drugs. It also addresses important related topics, such as antidepressant treatment and suicide, and the use of psychotropic medications in special circumstances such as pregnancy and lactation. This book is evidence-based, but also reflects the clinical experience of the authors and provides a critical appraisal of the available evidence.
Introduction; Biological Basis of Drug Treatment (Neurotransmitters, Brain Circuitry, Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics); Antianxiety Agents; Antidepressants; Antipsychotics; Drugs for Bipolar Disorders; Special Circumstances (Sleep, ADHD, Pregnancy, Medical Comorbidities, Addiction, Smoking, Sexual Disorders, Personality Disorders).