Basic Psychopharmacology for Counselors and Psychotherapists eBook, 2nd Edition

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Basic Psychopharmacology for Counselors and Psychotherapists eBook, 2nd Edition

By Richard S. Sinacola, Timothy S. Peters-Strickland
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For counseling students taking courses in psychopharmacology.


An easy-to-understand writing style and ample examples make this psychopharmacology text a valuable guide and reference for counselors and therapists.


This practical text offers a basic yet comprehensive depiction of the world of psychopharmacology and is written in a style optimal for non-medical helping professionals. Filled with ample explanations, case studies, and examples, it thoroughly and clearly covers every topic encountered by counselors and therapists in the field each day. Appropriate at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, the newly revised second edition of this text includes the most current topics, information on the newest medications, and even more real-world case studies and examples.

  • Quick-reference drug guides located throughout the text chapters provide readers with comprehensive and up-to-date tables on current medications used in treatment.
  • An appendix of commonly prescribed drugs provides readers with the generic name, brand name, mechanism of action, typical dose, and common side effects of the medicines they will see most in their future careers. 
  • Case vignettes in Chapters 15-19 illustrate for readers situations and issues typically seen in real life practical situations. 
  • A unique chapter on the treatment of co-occurring disorders (Chapter 13) offers students important information to clinicians who work with dually diagnosed patients. 
  • A unique chapter on the treatment of sleep disorders and personality disorders (Chapter 11) offers students essential information to clinicians who treat these common problems.  
  • Material on herbal/holistic treatment possibilities (Chapter 5) assists the clinician in discerning the effectiveness of natural and holistic remedies.
Table of contents
  • Chapter ONE -- Why Study Psychopharmacology: Reasons for the Nonmedical Therapist to Read This Book
  • Chapter TWO -- Basic Neurobiology
  • Chapter THREE -- Psychopharmacology and Pharmacokinetics
  • Chapter FOUR -- History Taking and Assessment Techniques
  • Chapter FIVE -- Treatment of Unipolar Depression
  • Chapter SIX -- Treatment of Bipolar Disorder
  • Chapter SEVEN -- Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
  • Chapter EIGHT -- Treatment of Psychotic Disorders
  • Chapter NINE -- Treatment of Adhd and Disorders of Attention
  • Chapter TEN -- Treatment of Cognitive Disorders
  • Chapter ELEVEN -- Treatment of Sleep Disorders
  • Chapter TWELVE -- Treatment of Personality Disorders
  • Chapter THIRTEEN -- Treatment of Chemical Dependency and Co-Occurring Conditions
  • Chapter FOURTEEN -- Treatment of Comorbidity and Other Disorders
  • Chapter FIFTEEN -- Case Vignettes: Children
  • Chapter SIXTEEN -- Case Vignettes: Adolescents
  • Chapter SEVENTEEN -- Case Vignettes: Early Adulthood
  • Chapter EIGHTEEN -- Case Vignettes: Middle Adulthood
  • Chapter NINETEEN -- Case Vignettes: Older Adulthood