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3rd Edition

Prescribing Mental Health Medication
The Practitioner's Guide

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ISBN 9780367466916
August 18, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
632 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Prescribing Mental Health Medication is a comprehensive text for all practitioners who treat mental disorders with medication. This new edition is fully updated and includes additional chapters on combining medications, combining medications and psychological therapies, innovative treatments and complementary therapies. Including information on all psychotropic medications in use in the United States and the United Kingdom, the book incorporates clinical tips, sample dialogues for talking about medications to patients, and information specifically relevant in primary care settings. It looks at: • How to determine if medication is needed, proper dosing and how to start, stop and change medication • Specific mental health symptoms and appropriate medication • Special populations including non-adherent patients, medication abusers, those mixing alcohol and psychotropics, confused patients, children, adolescents, pregnant women and seniors • Management of medication side effects and avoidance of medication risk • Prescription of generic preparations and digital prescribing • Organizing a prescriptive office and record-keeping This practical text 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.

Table of Contents

1.General Principles of Medication Management  2.Medication Myths, Truths and Likely Patient Questions  3.The Initial Prescriptive Overview  4.Helping a Patient Decide to Try Medication  5.Starting Medication  6.Follow up Appointments and Strategies  7.Medication, Psychotherapy and "What Else Helps??  8.Stopping Medication  9.The Long-Term Patient  10.Benzodiazepines and stimulants- Useful but controversial  11."Natural" Substances- Do they Help?  12.Using Medication With Children and Adolescents  13.Pregnancy and Psychotropics – Rewards and Risks  14.Prescribing Psychotropics for Older Patients  15.Medication of Sleep Problems  16.Alcohol, Tobacco Recreational Drugs and Psychotropic Medication  17.The Confused and Cognitively Impaired Patient- Medication Pitfalls  18.Inattention and Hyperactivity – ADHD and Stimulants  19.Side effects of psychotropic medications and their treatment  20.Danger Zones- Areas of Risk with Psychotropics  21.Medication Allergies   22.Misuse of Medication – Taking too Much and Taking too Little  23."Difficult" Medication Patients and How to Treat Them  24.Prescription Writing and Record Keeping  25. Blood Levels of Psychotropics  26.Generic Medications  27.The Digital Prescriber  28.The Prescriber and the Telephone – Mainstay and Millstone  29.The Pharmacist, the Pharmaceutical Industry and the Clinician  30.Preparing an Office for Mental Health Prescribing  31.The Way Forward

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Christopher M. Doran is a Psychiatrist and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, USA.