Expert Commentary

Clinical Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders

Authors: Michael B. First, Allan Tasman

Dr Allan Tasman, one of the authors of the Clinical Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders, gives an overview of their very useful book for the busy primary care clinician audience. For the primary care physician, it is important to be able to conduct an effective mental status exam to assess and identify psychiatric disorders, as well as treat their patients effectively using evidence-based strategies. This easily-readable book includes diagnostic and treatment decision trees, focuses in detail on disorders more frequently encountered in primary care settings, and includes separate sections on pediatric and adolescent disorders. Dr Tasman describes how psychiatry as a field has changed in the last ten years, and the role of the primary care physician in mental health care is greater than ever. The Clinical Guide is an invaluable resource for the primary care physician looking for a stand-alone resource to aid in clinical practice, but is also extensively referenced to allow further research.


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