A Straight-Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Drugs
ISBN 978 1 906254 17 9 (2009)
A pocket sized, good value series of succinct, thought provoking introductions ideal for students in all mental health disciplines, psychiatric service users, carers and indeed everyone with an interest in mental health. The authors are acknowledged leaders in their respective specialist fields with reputations for clear thinking, realistic, compassionate approaches and straight talking.
Rather than accept that solutions to mental health problems are owned by the medical professions, these books look at alternatives and provide information so that the users of psychiatric services, their families and carers can make more decisions about their own lives. Becoming more active in mental health issues requires knowledge — this series of books is a starting point for anyone who wants to know more about mental health problems. These books also introduce ways of working collaboratively with doctors, psychiatrists and counsellors.
Psychiatric drugs and their use are amongst the most hotly debated issues in the 21st century. How they work, whether they are effective and how to understand the evidence, and explanations of the major categories of psychiatric drugs are all covered in this clearly written guide. The competing theories of drug action are also explained in easy-to-understand terms. Here, Joanna Moncrieff arms you with some of the information you’ll need to make informed choices about psychiatric drugs. She provides an honest account of the uses of medication, when it is advised and what effects it may have. The book concludes with gives practical advice on the right questions to ask if you are prescribed medication for mental health problems and what happens on withdrawal of medication.
You can hear Joanna Moncrieff in conversation with Jenni Murray on Radio 4's 'Woman's Hour', broadcast on 18th July 2011. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b012krr5
•The Causes of Mental Health Problems John Read & Pete Sanders
•Psychiatric Diagnosis Richard Bentall
•Psychiatric Drugs Joanna Moncrieff
•Psychological Treatments for Mental Health Problems David Pilgrim
•Children's Mental Health Problems Sami Timimi
•Being a User of Psychiatric Services Peter Beresford
Chapter 1 The place of Drug Treatments in Psychiatry
Chapter 2 How do Psychiatric Drugs Work?
Chapter 3 Interpreting the Evidence on Psychiatric Drugs
Chapter 4 Neuroleptic Drugs (also known as 'Anti Psychotics')
Chapter 5 'Antidepressants'
Chapter 6 Lithium and Other Drugs Used for Manic Depression or Bipolar Disorder
Chapter 7 Stimulants
Chapter 8 Benzodiazepines
Chapter 9 The Consequences of a Drug-Centred Approach to Understanding Psychiatric Drugs
Chapter 10 Withdrawing from Psychiatric Drugs
Chapter 11 Final Thoughts
‘This straightforward book is one that should be read by anyone currently taking, or thinking about taking, a psychotropic drug, anyone prescribing them and anyone party to their use. It offers a radically different and sobering view as to what the drugs do compared with the views on offer elsewhere.’ David Healy, Professor of Psychological Medicine,Cardiff University School of Medicine, author of Let Them Eat Prozac