Preface; 1. Structure and function of neurons; 2. Synaptic neurotransmission and the anatomically addressed nervous system; 3. Signal transduction and the chemically addressed nervous system; 4. Transporters and g-protein linked receptors as targets of psychopharmacological drug action; 5. Ion channels and enzymes as targets of psychopharmacological drug action; 6. Psychiatric genetics; 7. Circuits in psychopharmacology; 8. From circuits to symptoms in psychopharmacology; 9. Psychosis and schizophrenia; 10. Antipsychotic agents; 11. Mood disorders; 12. Antidepressants; 13. Mood stabilizers; 14. Anxiety and anxiolytics; 15. Chronic pain, functional somatic syndromes, and their treatment; 16. Disorders of sleep and wakefulness and their treatment; 17. Disorders of cognition and their treatment; 18. Psychopharmacology of reward: drugs of abuse, obesity, and disorders of impulse control; 19. Disorders of reward, drug abuse, and their treatment.
Stephen M. Stahl is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California at San Diego. He has conducted numerous research projects awarded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Veterans Administration, and the pharmaceutical industry. Author of more than 200 articles and chapters, Dr Stahl is an internationally recognized clinician, researcher, and teacher in psychiatry with subspecialty expertise in psychopharmacology.
Reviews from the first edition: '... essential reading ... I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who works with psychotropic drugs - or who has the task of teaching others about them!' American Journal of Psychiatry 'This book is a bedrock for basic understanding of the complex and fast moving field of psychopharmacology, and should be a part of every prescribing clinician's library. It is highly recommended and will be useful in many contexts.' Doody's Publishing '... illustrations are highly effective in elucidating highly complex material. This book is a bedrock for basic understanding of the complex and fast moving field of psychopharmacology, and should be a part of every prescribing clinician's library. It is highly recommended and will be useful in many contexts.' Nishad J. Nadkarni, Doody's Health Scienced Book Review Journal 'Using his own extraordinary teaching style, together with the fine images we are accustomed to seeing from him, Professional Stahl, of California University, presents us with a second edition of his work. It is a great work, which should be very useful to psychiatrists, doctors in training and psychopharmacologists.' Professor a. Seva, European Journal of Psychiatry 'The clinically orientated chapters do an impressive job of bringing together the neuropathological basis and psychopharmacological approaches to psychiatric conditions. I would highly recommend this as an concise, entertaining and easily accessible source of information.' Sophie Ilson, Addiction Biology '... the first edition was a finely crafted book with logically distinct sections on basic science, disease mechanisms, drug action, and drug classes. This second edition is now much improved again with copious colour illustrations and bang up to date scientific information about both aetiological theories and new products and their associated modes of action ... a benchmark book for modern psychopharmacology teaching.' Robert Kerwin, Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry 'If there is one basic psychopharmacology text for a practitioner or teacher of psychiatric medicine to own, this is it ... Cleverly illustrated with simple cartoons, this book presents complex information in an easily accessible manner ... Essential Psychopharmacology is a first rate book. It is both a ready reference and an internally consistent teaching text ... It will become an essential source for the information that informs the teaching and practice of psychiatric medicine over the next decade.' Stan Kutcher, The Lancet '... an excellent basic textbook covering the key areas of psychopharmacology. its concise and structured approach made reading enjoyable ... I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to all psychiatric trainees.' R. Winterhaldes, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 'As an MRC psychiatry student I have benefited enormously from studying this book. Stahl has allowed me to see the light in what I previously found to be a very complex subject, it has made a fascinating and fulfilling read.' Judy Whitely, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 'Essential Psychopharmacology offers a wide range of readers an engaging and comprehensive view of psychopharmacology. it is highly recommended to both novice and experienced researchers, who stand to gain a new or renewed appreciation for the complexity and beauty of how the nervous system mediates the behavioural effects of drugs.' Ruth E. Grahn, Contemporary Psychology