If there is one topic I can’t get enough of, it’s psychopharmacology: from Dan Stein’s Philosophy of Psychopharmacology to Christopher Doran’s Prescribing Mental Health Medication, I love them all! Well, there is a new kid on the block: Dr. Tanveer Padder’s Practical Guide to Psychiatric Medications, and it's a must-have!
Dr. Padder is a psychiatrist with a board certification in addiction medicine and psychopharmacology and over 15 years of experience treating mental health disorders. According to his biography, he believes his greatest achievement is, “the smiles I have been able to bring, the difference I have been able to make, and the comfort I have been able to provide to the lives of people who have little or no voice and are suffering silently.” For more information on Dr. Padder, check out his personal website and follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Dr. Padder’s new book is simple, concise, and up-to-date. It arrives in paperback and stretches 330 pages. There are 22 chapters that include (I bolded some of my favorites):
As you can see, despite this books simplicity, it touches every important topic in psychopharmacology. Each chapter is short and sweet, generally 10 to 20 pages. The chapters typically open with the worldwide burden of illness and a review of the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria. Dr. Padder offers a high-level overview of the different medication classes followed by an in-depth look at each one individually. The index at the back of the book makes looking up different drugs super easy. For each medication, this book includes an “individual drug profile,” which summarizes:
Everything in the book is appropriately referenced, so it is easily to find primary resources if needed. My favorite thing about the book is that is covers the most important information in a bullet-pointed, clean format. Chapter 15, Psychiatric Medication Use in Comorbid Medical Conditions, includes three awesome tables:
This book is not a comprehensive review of psychopharmacology, but rather a quick reference guide. Right now, it only costs $27 on Amazon. In comparison, Stahl's Prescribers Guide is $80. For the price and simplicity, this is a must-have reference tool for psychopharmacology.
This post covers a new psychopharmacology book, Practical Guide to Psychiatric Medications by Dr. Tanveer Padder, MD. The book was provided to me free of charge by the author; however, the opinions are my own. Questions? Check out my product review page. If you would like me to review your book, please feel free to contact me.