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Selecting Effective Treatments: A Comprehensive, Systematic Guide to Treating Mental Disorders, 4th Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-88900-8
576 pages
November 2011, ©2012
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A systematic, research-based approach to the diagnosis and treatment of the major mental disorders found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

This thoroughly revised and updated edition of Linda Seligman's classic book, Selecting Effective Treatments combines the latest research on evidence-based practices with practical, how-to information on implementation.

Filled with numerous illustrative case studies and helpful examples, this Fourth Edition features expanded coverage of:

  • Trauma and its effect across the lifespan, suicide assessment and prevention, and new treatment approaches, including mindfulness

  • Childhood disorders, including autism spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and attachment disorder

  • Grief, loss, and bereavement

  • Diagnosis and treatment of depression, borderline personality disorder, the schizophrenia spectrum disorders, and the bipolar disorders

With a new discussion of treatment strategies for dual diagnosis, Selecting Effective Treatments, Fourth Edition provides a pathway for treatment of mental disorders based on the most recent evidence-based research, while at the same time recognizing that the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders are part of a dynamic and evolving field that embraces individuality and personalization.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 Introduction to Effective Treatment Planning 1

Chapter 2 Mental Disorders in Infants, Children, and Adolescents 41

Chapter 3 Situationally Precipitated Disorders and Conditions 125

Chapter 4 Mood Disorders 149

Chapter 5 Anxiety Disorders 191

Chapter 6 Disorders of Behavior and Impulse Control 239

Chapter 7 Disorders in Which Physical and Psychological Factors Combine 319

Chapter 8 Personality Disorders 347

Chapter 9 Disorders Involving Impairment in Awareness of Reality: Psychotic and Dissociative Disorders 403

Chapter 10 The Future of Diagnosis and Treatment Planning 439

Appendix 453

References 461

About the Authors 517

Author Index 519

Subject Index 547

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Author Information

Linda Seligman was a professor emerita of counseling and development at George Mason University. She authored fifteen books and was named Counselor Educator of the Year and Researcher of the Year by the American Mental Health Counselors Association. She died in 2007.

Lourie W. Reichenberg is a licensed professional counselor in private practice in Falls Church, Virginia, where she also provides clinical supervision. She is currently at work on her fourth book.

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