Psychiatric Drugs Explained - 6th Edition - ISBN: 9780702045080, 9780702046889

Psychiatric Drugs Explained

6th Edition

Authors: David Healy
Print ISBN: 9780702045080
eBook ISBN: 9780702046889
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 23rd March 2016
Page Count: 360


Now in its sixth edition, and written by an author internationally recognised in his field, Psychiatric Drugs Explained offers a wealth of information in a handy easy-to-use format. Organised by disorder, and providing a comprehensive review of drug effects, action and side-effects, this fully updated new edition covers the latest drugs on the market, and explores changes in prescribing practice.

The author’s approach is distinctive and reader-friendly, to help guide mental health professionals through the benefits and impacts of psychotropic drugs. Additional topics include management of disorders including stimulants and drugs for children, cognitive impairment and sleep disorders.

Key Features

  • Includes management of disorders including stimulants and drugs for children, cognitive impairment and sleep disorders
  • Gives particular focus on areas that are of major concern to mental health practitioners including management of dependence and withdrawal and issues of consent, abuse and liability
  • ‘User Issues’ boxes highlight the most crucial aspects of drug effects and their implications
  • Key references point the reader to the most up-to-date research and literature in the field

Table of Contents


Preface to the Sixth Edition


1 The Person on Treatment

Section 1 Management of the psychoses

2 The antipsychotics

3 Antipsychotic side effects and their management


Section 2 Management of depression

4 The antidepressants

5 Side effects of antidepressants


Section 3 Management of bipolar disorders

6 Management of acute bipolar disorder

7 Mood-stabilisers


Section 4 Stimulants & Drugs for children

8 Stimulants & Drugs for children


Section 5 Management of anxiety

8 The anxiety disorders

10 Benzodiazepine anxiolytics

11 Anxiolysis and the serotonin system

12 Beta-blockers and anxiety


Section 6 Management of 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 Dependence & Withdrawal

22 Dependence & Craving

23 Dependence & Protracted Withdrawal


Section 10 Consent, abuse and liability

24 Consent

25 Pharmacological abuse




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About the Author

David Healy

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, North Wales Department of Psychological Medicine, College of Medicine, Cardiff University, Bangor, UK