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Integrating Psychotherapy and Pharmacotherapy: Dissolving the Mind-Brain Barrier (Norton Professional Books)by Bernard D. Beitman
Synopses & Reviews
This book invites the reader to participate in a major initiative of the 21st century: dissolving Cartesian mind-brain dualism. This book will help all mental health clinicians to dissolve their conceptual mind/brain barriers by recognizing the reciprocal influences of psychological and pharmacological interventions. This task is approached by challenging the reader to respond to thought-provoking questions and problematic case vignettes in the following subject areas: combined treatment research, pharmacotherapy during psychotherapy, psychotherapy during pharmacotherapy, the pharmacotherapy-psychotherapy triangle and integrated treatment algorithms. Each of these homework-based sections is introduced by a brief overview. Part I invites the reader to an overview of these many issues. Topics covered include: 1) research in combined treatments, 2) pharmacotherapy during psychotherapy, 3) psychotherapeutic aspects of pharmacotherapy, 4) the pharmacotherapy-psychotherapy triangle, 5) treatment algorithms for combined treatments, and 6) the neurobiology of psychotherapy. With thought-provoking questions and vignettes of problematic cases, the authors invite readers to participate in working out these complicated issues. Part II provides cutting edge information on issues of integrated and split treatment and psychodynamic neurobiology. Answers to the problems are provided at the end of the book. Two additional chapters thoroughly review the research in combined treatments and what is known about the neurobiology of psychotherapy.
Book News Annotation:
Although "using both medications and psychotherapy in all patients may not necessarily be most cost-efficient or most effective," according to Beitman (psychiatry, U. of Missouri-Columbia) and his collaborators, it seems important to determine when monotreatment, combined therapy, or integrated treatment may be the best choice. They overview the issues involved in such therapies, and then focus in on research perspectives and understandings of psychodynamic neurobiology. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The authors of this book are searching for a language common to both mind and brain. This language will develop through innovative clinical activity and our reflections upon it.
Treatment of Mental Illness requires mind-brain thinking. The dichotomy of mind and brain is now giving way to the beginnings of integration. Both pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy can help people with psychiatric disorders. But how are the clinical effects of chemical and psychotherapeutic treatments maximized? This book summarizes research in combined treatments, and discusses the manner in which each can aid the other.
About the Author
Bernard D. Beitman, M.D. is professor and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and a member of the Committee on Psychotherapy by Psychiatrists of the American Psychiatric Association. He is the co-author of Integrating Psychotherapy and Pharmacotherapy.Barton J. Blinder, M.D., Ph.D., is Clinical Professor, Director, Eating Disorder Research, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, College of Medicine, University of California, Irvine.Michael E. Thase, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.Debra L. Safer, M.D., is Associate Director of Residency Training and Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine.
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