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 Listening to Prozac,Peter D. Kramer, M.D.Listening to Prozac by Peter D. Kramer, M.D. "(Dr. Kramer is a mainstream psychiatrist who has noticed the remarkable effects Prozac has had on many, many patients. Not just in treating depression and related problems, but in changing the actual personality. Things like irritability, self confidence, and happiness change. Prozac is the first medication that people describe themselves as normal while taking it, and "not themselves" when off it. He discusses whether changes like this are good, and uses analogies regarding club foot and other disorders to consider whether "cosmetic psychopharmacology" is a good or bad treatment. The reader can expect three insights from this book: 1) how mainstream psychiatry views these issues, particularly personality changes from medication, 2) how Prozac has made a difference for the people who use and need it, and 3) whether treatment of inherited personality traits that cause unhappiness is justified and rational. It's not an entertaining book, but it's a useful book for individuals who want to find out more about Prozac, personality, and the mental health profession)." - Leland M. Heller, M.D.

Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR),Gerald D. French & Chrys J. Harris Traumatic Incident Reduction by Gerald D. French & Chrys J. Harris (Excellent book on counseling someone with PTSD). "Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) explores a powerful regressive, repetitive, desensitization procedure becoming known in the therapeutic community as an extremely effective tool for use in the rapid resolution of virtually all trauma-related conditions. Replete with case histories and accounts of actual TIR sessions, this book provides a "camera-level" view of TIR by describing the experience of performing TIR."

Clinical Assessment and Management of Severe Personality Disorders,Paul S. Links, M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.P.C.Clinical Assessment and Management of Severe Personality Disorders edited by Paul S. Links, M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.P.C. (This book "offers the clinician working in the community a practical approach to patients with personality disorders...focuses on issues relevant to the clinician in private practice, including the diagnosis of a wide range of personality disorders and alternative management approaches...This book takes a broad approach to the management of personality disorders, moving beyond individual dynamic psychotherapy as the only treatment option. Pharmacological management of patients with personality disorders and differential management for patients in various settings are described)   

Instant Psychopharmacology:  A Guide for the Nonmedical Mental Health Professional,Ronald J. Diamond Instant Psychopharmacology:  A Guide for the Nonmedical Mental Health Professional by Ronald J. Diamond (I highly recommend this book to the mental health professional who needs information regarding psychotropic medications. Discusses antipsychotic medications, antipsychotics, antidepressants, mood stabilizers, antianxiety and sleeping medications. Also reviewed are discussions of "half-life," side effects, prices of medications, what they do and much more. An excellent reference book).

Breakthroughs in Antipsychotic Medications:  A Guide for Consumers, families and clinicians,Peter J. Weiden, M.D., Patricia L. Scheifler, M.S.W., Ronald J. Diamond M.D., Ruth Ross, M.A.Breakthroughs in Antipsychotic Medications:  A Guide for Consumers, families and clinicians by Peter J. Weiden, M.D., Patricia L. Scheifler, M.S.W., Ronald J. Diamond M.D., Ruth Ross, M.A. (Recommended book for anyone who wishes additional information about antipsychotics. Discusses differences between the traditional ones versus the newer, atypical antipsychotics. Discusses in depth each antipsychotic, whether it is advisable to switch antipsychotics, and tells how they work. Glossary and prices are included as well).

Technical Factors in the Treatment of the Severely Disturbed Patient by Peter Giovacchini and L. Boyer

Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders by Glen O. Gabbard

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