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Reference Books

Manic-Depressive Illness - Frederick K. Goodwin M.D., Kay Redfield Jamison, -- Are you bipolar? Then this is the number one reference book for your bookshelf. Detailed information on many topics in bipolar disorder, from symptoms to personal bipolar stories of famous poets, to neurochemistry, and everything in between - this book will give you a solid background in the research that has been done, that is being done now, and hope for treatments in the future.
The thing that amazes me the most is that the popular general medical web pages periodically post articles about the results of recent studies on bipolar disorder. Invariably, the information is already in this book.
A must-have!

Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria From DSM-IV-TR The American Psychiatric Association, -- This is the spiral-bound quick reference guide to the DSM-IV, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual used by all US psychiatrists in diagnosing patients. It gives complete symptom sets and also provides means of differentiating between illnesses with similar symptoms.
All that swings is not bipolar.
Professionals will prefer the full-text, hardcover manual, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV-TR (Text Revision).

2004 Physicians' Desk Reference with PDR Electronic Library on CD-Rom -- The drug reference guide with complete manufacturers' data sheets on over 4,000 drugs.

Psychologists' Desk Reference - by Gerald P. Koocher, John C. Norcross, Sam S. Hill -- The Psychologists' Desk Reference is a resource for professionals and consumers alike. It includes diagnostic criteria and treatment options; and also provides information on ethics, on insurance issues, and even on legal standards.
Professionals may be interested in the Hard cover edition of the Psychologists' Desk Reference, scheduled for release in October 2004.

Quick Reference to Psychopharmacology - Elizabeth Anne Rankin, -- A concise guide to pharmacotherapy of illnesses in the DSM-IV.

Diagnosis and Clinical Measurement in Psychiatry : A Reference Manual for SCAN/PSE-10 J. K. Wing (Editor), N. Sartorius (Editor), T. B. Üstün (Editor), -- An essential guide to understanding and using the SCAN system for assessing patient mental state. SCAN links together the classifications in the familiar ICD10 and DSM-IV. Computerized SCAN assessments are likely to become widely used in the near future.

Modified November 18, 2005

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