Prescribing Mental Health Medication

The Practitioner's Guide, 2nd Edition

By Christopher M. Doran

© 2013 – Routledge

584 pages

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About the Book

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:

  • How to determine if medication is needed
  • Proper dosing and how to start and stop medication
  • When to change medication
  • Dealing with difficult patients
  • Specific mental health symptoms and appropriate medication
  • Special populations including pregnant women, substance abusers, children and adolescents, and the elderly
  • Monitoring medication with blood levels
  • Management of medication side effects and avoidance of medication risk
  • The misuse of medication
  • Prescription of generic preparations
  • Prescriptions via the Internet, telemedicine, and electronic medical records
  • Organizing a prescriptive office and record-keeping

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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

Christopher M. Doran MD is a Psychiatrist and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, USA. He has taught the principles and practice of psychotropic medication prescription around the globe to practitioners of all disciplines.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MED058130
MEDICAL / Nursing / Mental Health
MED072000
MEDICAL / Pharmacy
MED105020
MEDICAL / Psychiatry / Psychopharmacology