"The Drug Information Handbook for Psychiatry" is designed for healthcare professionals requiring clear, concise drug information relating to mental health issues. This convenient resource includes monographs for psychotropic, non-psychotropic, and herbal medications. It includes: 34 New Drug Monographs; New Appendix Therapy Guidelines: CMS: Long-Term Care Facility Thresholds; Additional Appendix Updates: Stimulant Agents Used for ADHD; Addiction Treatments; Depression; Drugs of Abuse; Liquid Compatibility of Antidepressants, Antipsychotics, and Mood Stabilizers; Serotonin Syndrome; and Special Topics Update: DSM-IV. The monographs in this handbook contain multiple fields of information, including adult and pediatric dosing guidelines, FDA-approved and unlabeled uses, medication safety issues, and the following psychiatry-specific fields: Mental Health Comment; Effect on Mental Status; Effect on Psychiatric Treatment; and, Child/Adolescent Considerations. Medications are alphabetically organized by brand and generic name and cross-referenced by page number. Dictionary-like page headings help to expedite a drug search, making this a very user-friendly manual.
The Special Topics/Issues section includes the DSM-IV, general patient assessment guidelines, and rating scales used in patient evaluations. The Appendix includes comparative drug charts, tables, and specific therapy guidelines and recommendations for use in mental health disorders.