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By Mike Sacks and Rebecca DePalma

Author and medical educator Mike Sacks, renowned for his best-selling "First Line Guide," joins forces with psychiatric PA, Rebecca DePalma to offer an indispensable resource for those navigating the complexities of psychiatry and behavioral health. Building upon the format of Sacks' highly successful comprehensive guide to didactic and clinical medicine, this collaboration delves deeper into mental illness and its management.

Whether you're a student embarking on your clinical clerkships, a primary care provider unexpectedly filling the care gaps left by the shortage of mental health providers, or a newly minted NP or PA navigating the intricacies of the field, this book offers invaluable guidance.

Whether you're seeking to bolster your clinical acumen or prepare for behavioral health exams "First Line Guide Psychiatric and Behavioral Medicine" is an indispensable companion on your journey toward proficiency.


ISBN 979-8986546919

Publication June 9, 2024​​

6 x 0.39 x 9 inches​

Paperback 172 page


By Mike Sacks and Tania Abousaid

We set out to write this book hoping to fill a void we experienced as we were going through PA school. There were two types of the gold-standard textbooks that provided immense amounts of information but were challenging to read through, and on the other side of the spectrum, there were the many quality study guides that provided limited detail and were useful only if you already understood the content. What was missing was the book in the A clear and concise book that provided enough detail a didactic student could pick it up and read about diseases they had yet to hear of. A book focused enough that a clinical student could quickly use it to reference things they struggled to recall. A book so high yield students could later use it to review for the PANCE. Most importantly, we sought a book that the student wouldn't sell or pass on to someone else once they graduated but kept on their desk at work to reference in practice. In realizing we couldn't find such a book, we set out to write it ourselves. We hope this will be the book that walks that fine line and is useful to everyone.

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ISBN 979-8986546902

Third Edition ​

Publication date January 1, 2023​​

8.5 x 11 x 1.5 inches

Hardcover 664 Pages

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