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This reference aims to outline today's best diagnostic and treatment methods for a broad range of paediatric, adult and geriatric psychiatric disorders. Under the editorial direction of Dunner, contributing experts describe briefly the clinical characteristics, epidemiology, longitudinal course and differential diagnosis of specific disorders. They discuss familial factors and laboratory findings that bear on diagnosis. Following which, they present treatment approaches they use in their practices for conditions ranging form sleep disorders to schizophrenia, from autism to substance abuse. Organized by type of disorders to facilitate easy reference, the book reflects currently used management approaches. Special features of the book include an introductory chapter on diagnostic changes under consideration for DSM-IV; section "O" on future pharmacotherapies discusses drugs that may be released for prescriptive use, as well as a sense of where the psychopharmacologicl field is headed; material on emergency psychiatry outlines methods for managing suicidal patients with dissociative disorders; the separate section on specialized treatments considers therapeutic approaches ranging form psychodynamics to anger management to light therapy - as well as discussion of newer therapies; extensive coverage is given to the laboratory basis of psychiatric disease with discussion of receptors and neuroregulatory function in psychiatric illness; and material on treatment of childhood and adolescent disorders is also included.

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