Schizophrenia and Related Disorders

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders

Michael J Marcsisin, Jason B Rosenstock, and Jessica M Gannon

Print publication date: Sep 2016

ISBN: 9780199331505

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

Psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia fascinate and challenge mental health providers, who seek to understand these conditions and assist individuals and families who suffer from them. Schizophrenia causes significant disability and increased mortality, and practitioners struggle to identify and manage the condition appropriately. It can be particularly difficult for trainees and students to grasp the basics in a way that can effectively inform clinical care. Hopefully, this book will help. This volume of the Pittsburgh Pocket Psychiatry series provides a comprehensive overview of schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders, which will assist psychiatry residents, medical students, and other professional trainees in diagnosing and treating individuals with these conditions. The book draws on the latest scientific research to discuss the neurobiology and pathophysiology of these illnesses; reviews the key clinical and diagnostic features of psychotic illnesses consistent with the revised criteria of DSM-5; discusses the course of these illnesses and their associated psychosocial issues; and provides strategies for treating individuals afflicted with these illnesses. It will help practitioners develop a better understanding of how to manage the challenges of evaluating, diagnosing, and treating individuals with psychotic illnesses. The handy, pocket-size format should make the book convenient and user-friendly, while the text itself is concise and readable, geared towards the young professional. Case examples, sample questions, and resource lists supplement core material and make this volume practical, particularly as a self-study guide. Contributing authors represent psychiatry, social work, and pharmacy; all have experience teaching and mentoring trainees and other health professionals.