“This book . . . meets a critical need . . . for the millions of people for whom psychiatric drugs are so important.”—Herbert Pardes, former President of the American Psychiatric Association
"Psychopharmacology has changed so radically in the last few years that Gorman has updated this clear, balanced, and authoritative guide three times since the first edition appeared in 1997. Gorman stresses the field's human aspect: he promotes good history taking (at least an hour's worth) by the treating psychiatrist, encourages patients and family members to ask questions, and emphasizes the value of feeling better over other considerations, including insight. He sees the worth of psychotherapy, giving examples where medication is not appropriate, and addresses well the subject of electro-convulsive therapy (i.e., shock therapy) in a positive light. Gorman no longer takes fees from drug companies, is somewhat critical of their promotional ties to physicians, and strongly supports the use of cheaper generic medication when available. The chapters review all the usual syndromes, so the book is a general guide to symptoms and diagnoses as well as to drug treatment. Since most psychiatric drugs are prescribed by nonpsychiatric physicians, this work will be useful for them and for nurse practitioners as well as for patients and families. Essential."—Library Journal
Jack M. Gorman, M.D. has been involved in psychiatric research, teaching, and patient care for more than two decades. He has been Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and Harvard Medical School, and lectures frequently throughout the country. He is also the author of The Essential Guide to Mental Health.