I recently relocated to Seattle, Washington. With the time off from the big move, I couldn’t help myself but to buy some new books! I included below the two books I recently purchased and my brief thoughts about them.
DSM-5 Made Easy: The Clinician's Guide to Diagnosis may sound cheesy but read further! James Morrison is one of my favorite psychiatric writers. I have already read two of his other books: The First Interview and Diagnosis Made Easier: Principles and Techniques for Mental Health Clinicians. He is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Portland. Those students are so lucky! His writing style is comprehensive, straightforward, logical, readable, and inclusive. He often provides unique tables, figures, and flow charts to help with understanding concepts and principles. This new book, published in 2014 is no different. This books walks the reader through each diagnosis in the DSM 5 and highlights the major changes since the DSM IV. He also provides case studies to emphasize the essential features of each disorder. This book goes well with his Diagnosis Made Easier series, and I highly recommend them both!
This book, Prescribing Mental Health Medication: The Practitioner’s Guide by Christopher Doran is also quite the find. My husband and friends can attest to this: I already own too many psychopharmacology texts, yet I find this one a must read. This is the first book I have read by Dr. Doran, and I am very impressed. My favorite psychopharm book used to be Successful Psychopharmacology: Evidence-based Treatment Solutions for Achieving Remission by Stephen Sobel, but Doran has now taken first place. What truly makes this book exceptional is the inclusion of “sample dialogues.” In each section, Doran provides easy to remember ways of simplifying psychotropics and their side effects to patients. This book takes the reader through the entire process of medication evaluation, management, and follow-up. The language is very respectful and inclusive of non-physician prescribers. His wife, Maureen (an APRN!) is actually included in the acknowledgements. This book is a no-brainer addition to any behavioral health provider’s library.