Prescribing Mental Health Medication is a text for practitioners who treat mental disorders with medication. It explains the entire process of medication assessment, management and follow up for general medical practitioners, mental health practitioners, students, residents, prescribing nurses and others perfecting this skill. Already used by providers and training institutions throughout the world, the newly revised second edition is completely updated and focuses on the following key issues:
Completely updated, this text includes information on all psychotropic medications in use in the United States and the United Kingdom. It incorporates clinical tips, sample dialogues for talking about medications to patients, and information specifically relevant in primary care settings.
Part 1: The Need for This Book 1. General Principles of Medication Management 2. Myths and truths about Mental Health Medication Part 2: Medication Management Start to Finish 3. The Initial Prescriptive Interview 4. Helping a Patient Decide to Try Medication 5. Starting Medication 6. Follow-up Appointments and Strategies 7. Medication, Psychotherapy and Adjunctive Therapies 8. Stopping Medication 9. The Long-term Patient Part 3: Medicating Special Populations 10. Using Medication with Children and Adolescents 11. Pregnancy and Psychotropics: Rewards and Risks 12. Prescribing Psychotropics for Older Patients 13. Medication of Problems Sleep 14. Alcohol, Recreational Drugs and Psychotropic Medication 15. The Confused and Cognitively Impaired Patient – Medication Pitfalls 16. Inattention and Hyperactivity: ADHD and Stimulants Part 4: Medication Dilemmas and Their Clinical Management 17. Psychotropic Medications and Side Effects 18. Danger Zones – Areas of Risk with Psychotropics 19. Medication Allergies Part 5: Competent Clinical Practice 20. Misuse of Medication – Taking too much and Taking too little 21. "Difficult" Medication Patients and How to Treat them 22. Prescription Writing and Record Keeping 23. Serum Blood Levels Psychotropics 24. Generic Medications 25. The Prescriber and the Telephone – Mainstay and Millstone 26. The Digital Prescriber 27. The Pharmacist, the Pharmaceutical Industry and the Clinician 28. Preparing an Office for Mental Health Prescribing 29. The Way Forward