This well established text offers an unrivalled introduction to the use of drugs in psychiatry, looking at both general principles and specific clinical applications. The fifth edition has been fully revised to take in the ever-increasing range of drugs available and new research developments. It provides a framework of current scientific knowledge on which to base sound practical prescribing.
`well-organised and clearly written…summarizes our current understanding of some of the major aspects of drug treatment in psychiatry.' Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
'This book will provide all those working within the mental health professions with an excellent psychiatric pharmacology textbook. It will be especially useful for trainee psychiatrists preparing for the British Royal College membership examination.' - Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health
Preface to Fifth Edition Part I: General Principles 1. Historical introduction 2. Pharmacology of central nervous system transmission 3. Factors influencing the action of psychotic drugs 4. Methods of studying behavioural effects of drugs 5. Social and psychological aspects of drug treatment Part II: Clinical Applications 6. Schizophrenia 7. Affective disorders 8. Anxiety disorders 9. Organic psychiatric syndromes 10. Disorders of personality and behaviour 11. Disorders due to psychoactive substance use (Substance-related disorders) 12. Sleep disturbance 13. Disorders of appetite and body weight 14. Centrally acting drugs in the elderly 15. Child psychiatry 16. The management of overdosage of centrally acting drugs