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Psychiatric Drugs Explained

Psychiatric Drugs Explained contains a clear and comprehensive guide to the uses, benefits and impact of psychotropic drugs. It explains how people taking the drugs experience their side effects compared to the benefits they may bring. The sixth edition has been fully revised and updated to include the latest thinking on the rationale for drug treatments to help mental health professionals and service users understand therapeutic decision making. It is now available as a print and electronic combination, to enable ease of use in different situations, and easy searching by drug name.

Paperback, 304 Pages

Published: February 2013

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7020-4508-0


  • Preface
    1 Introduction
    Section 1 Management of psychoses
    2 Antipsychotics
    3 Antipsychotic side effects and their management

    Section 2 Management of depression
    4 Antidepressants
    5 Side effects of antidepressants

    Section 3 Management of bipolar disorders
    6 Management of acute bipolar disorder
    7 Mood-stabilisers

    Section 4 Drugs for children
    8 Drugs for children

    Section 5 Management of anxiety
    9 Anxiety disorders
    10 Benzodiazepine anxiolytics
    11 Anxiolysis and the serotonin system
    12 Beta-blockers and anxiety

    Section 6 Sleep disorders and insomnia
    13 Sleep disorders and insomnia
    14 Non-pharmacological management of insomnia
    15 Hypnotics
    16 Sedatives

    Section 7 Management of cognitive impairment
    17 Cognitive enhancement and the dementias
    18 Cognitive enhancement and neuroprotection

    Section 8 Management of sexual difficulties
    19 The range of sexual difficulties
    20 Effects of drugs on aspects of sexual functioning
    Appendix 20.1 Male sexual functioning questionnaire
    Appendix 20.2 Female sexual functioning questionnaire

    Section 9 Management of dependence and withdrawal
    21 Physical dependence type 1
    22 Physical dependence type 2
    23 Physical dependence type 3

    Section 10 Consent, abuse and liability
    24 Consent
    25 Pharmacological abuse
    26 Liability

    Section 11 The marketing of tranquillity
    27 The ethical industry
    28 Evidence-biased psychiatry
    29 The marketing of psychiatric disorders
    30 From healthcare to Pharmageddon

    Appendix: Mental health websites


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