Clinician's Guide to Bipolar Disorder: Integrating Pharmacology and Psychotherapy (Hardcover)

Clinician's Guide to Bipolar Disorder: Integrating Pharmacology and Psychotherapy By David J. Miklowitz, PhD, Michael J. Gitlin, MD Cover Image

Clinician's Guide to Bipolar Disorder: Integrating Pharmacology and Psychotherapy (Hardcover)


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This much-needed volume gives clinicians essential strategies for managing the complexities of bipolar disorder and tailoring treatment to each patient's changing needs. Highly readable, accessible, and pragmatic, the book provides expert guidance on critically important treatment questions. It addresses which medications to try and at what dosages, what psychosocial interventions are most helpful at different phases of the illness, how to continually monitor and fine-tune treatment to keep patients functioning well, and how to involve family members productively. The authors draw on state-of-the-art research as well as extensive clinical experience as a psychotherapist and a psychopharmacologist. Vivid case material is included throughout. Reproducible questionnaires and forms can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.

Winner (First Place)--American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award, Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Category
David J. Miklowitz, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Semel Institute, UCLA School of Medicine, and Senior Clinical Researcher in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. He directs the Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program at UCLA, where he supervises psychiatry and psychology trainees and conducts research on psychosocial interventions for children and adolescents with bipolar disorders. Dr. Miklowitz’s numerous publications include the bestselling self-help resource The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, Third Edition, as well as acclaimed books for professionals, including Bipolar Disorder, Second Edition: A Family-Focused Treatment Approach and, with Michael J. Gitlin, Clinician’s Guide to Bipolar Disorder. He has received Distinguished Investigator awards from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, the International Society for Bipolar Disorders, and the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology. 

Michael J. Gitlin, MD, is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he is Director of the Adult Division in the Department of Psychiatry. He is also Director of the Mood Disorders Clinic at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital. Dr. Gitlin is the author of many scientific articles and book chapters as well as two editions of The Psychotherapist's Guide to Psychopharmacology. His awards include the Distinguished Educator Award from the UCLA Department of Psychiatry, the Teacher of the Year Award from Psychiatric Times, the Dadone Clinical Teaching Award from the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.
Product Details ISBN: 9781462515592
ISBN-10: 1462515592
Publisher: The Guilford Press
Publication Date: April 8th, 2014
Pages: 324
Language: English
"An excellent guide to the treatment of a complicated, common, and potentially lethal illness. The authors' deep understanding of depression and mania is obvious on every page and their clinical recommendations are sophisticated and practical."--Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, The Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders and Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

"Books about bipolar disorder abound, but what makes this one unique is that it clearly conveys that pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy must function as an integral whole. The authors' scholarly track records qualify them as experts, but beyond that, their real qualification is their decades of clinical experience. Two of the main emphases are especially gratifying to me: first, that treatment is a collaboration between doctor and patient, a truism often cited but rarely practiced; and second, that family members are integral to the treatment team. The extensive, well-chosen case examples bring the book alive and will help readers remember the many important clinical points."--Frederick K. Goodwin, MD, Director, Center on Neuroscience, Medical Progress, and Society, George Washington University Medical Center

"This is a marvelously written and practical book on treatment of the individual patient with bipolar disorder. It has many case examples of difficult problems that are commonly encountered, and multiple precise ways to deal with them. A major focus is integrating pharmacotherapy with psychotherapy, psychoeducation, and family involvement in the therapeutic process. If patients are treated according to the principles enumerated in this book, it is clear that they will do very well."--Robert M. Post, MD, Bipolar Collaborative Network, Bethesda, Maryland; Department of Psychiatry, George Washington University

"Miklowitz and Gitlin have teamed up to produce an invaluable volume. This unique book covers essentially everything the clinician needs to know to effectively diagnose and treat bipolar disorder in an integrated and personalized way. The chapters on treatment are particularly notable for distilling the wisdom of these two highly skilled experts into usable strategies and tactics that don't necessarily follow any single model of treatment, but integrate the most effective parts of several models. This is 'must' reading for clinicians who are embarking on the treatment of these challenging patients or who want to update their skills."--Ellen Frank, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

"Miklowitz and Gitlin share a wealth of clinical pearls, providing clinicians with a road map for how to best diagnose bipolar disorder and promote mood stabilization and recovery. A great resource for clinicians, students, and the field."--Mark A. Frye, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

“There are, of course, a plethora of good books on this subject….What sets this work of Miklowitz and Gitlin apart is an emphasis on integrating psychopharmacology and psychotherapy as coequals and essential for maximizing treatment effectiveness and functional outcome. The authors are renowned researchers and clinicians who have collaborated for decades utilizing the knowledge and techniques they so cogently describe….Throughout the text are clinical vignettes that help illustrate how the authors have applied these concepts and recommendations that enliven the book and will resonate with any clinician who has worked with people who have bipolar disorder….This is as comprehensive a primer on bipolar disorder as one can find. It is well written by just two authors, leading to a uniformity of tone and lack of redundancy. It uniquely addresses blended treatment from the perspective of both a psychotherapist and a psychopharmacologist. If a clinician-in-training were to read only one book about this topic, they couldn’t do better than this one, and even seasoned clinicians would learn much from it, as did I.”

— Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

"It will be extremely valuable for trainees and clinicians who are learning or struggling with the nuances of diagnosing and treating this complicated illness."
— Doody's Review Service