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Psychiatric Drugs Explained, 5e [Paperback]

David Healy
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Dec 3 2008 0702029971 978-0702029974 5

This version is now out of print. An edition with e-book is available under ISBN 97880702041365.

Psychiatric Drugs Explained contains a clear and comprehensive guide to the uses, benefits and impact of psychotropic drugs. It explains how people taking the drugs experience their side effects compared to the benefits they may bring. The fifth edition has been fully revised and updated to include the latest thinking on the rationale for drug treatements to help mental health professionals and service users understand therapeutic decision making.


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"This edition, like the others, gives a clear and easy to read review of medication used in a range of psychiatric disorders. The book is structured around treatments for severe and enduring mental illness, minor mental health problems, sleep disorders, sexual problems and dependence and withdrawal... It is a credit to Dr. Healy that he can make such a complex topic as psychopharmacology easy to read, clear and engaging. If this book seems critical of the interests of 'big pharma' and the complicity of professionals in generating a market for psychiatric drugs, then maybe that is no bad thing." Nurse Education in Process, May 2009

About the Author

est psychiatre, historien de la psychiatrie, chercheur en psychopharmacologie, et directeur au North Wales Department of Psychological Medicine, College of Médicine, Cardiff University, Bangor, Royaume-Uni. Il est internationalement connu pour ses recherches et écrits sur les psychotropes.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable March 9 2004
By A Customer
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Now in its third edition, this is an indispensable book for mental health professionals. Although written from the UK perspective, it does list the US and UK proprietary names for drugs. It is very clearly laid out for easy reference with a comprehensive index and references for further reading if needed. The "User Issues" text boxes are a great innovation in this edition and will be of great use to any mental health professional, but in particular those organising psychoeducation or medication information groups. The book seems to be purposefully designed for quick reference, the first page of each chapter even has its own contents list with page numbers for issues covered in that chapter. If you only ever get one psychopharmacology text, this is it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Courageous and Truthful Textbook on the Psychiatric Drugs July 1 2006
By C. B. Simmons - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a physician and psychiatrist currently using this textbook for a graduate course in psychopharmacology in the United States. It is the first and only textbook I feel that comes close to the truth of what the field of psychopharmacology is really about. The information is invaluble for anyone taking psychiatric medication, anyone prescribing psychiatric medication, or anyone loving anyone on psychiatric medication. I have come over the years to see the sad truth that science these days is being severly compromised by marketplace economics. Since our science is no longer truly in the hands of scientists, it behooves us to listen to someone who has the insider knowledge about how the data is manipulated and his valuable speculations on how the drugs really work. From my view, he is an unrecognized pioneer who can give us hope and inspiration about a very important aspect of our society: the use of drugs to modify and control our emotions.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable March 9 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Now in its third edition, this is an indispensable book for mental health professionals. Although written from the UK perspective, it does list the US and UK proprietary names for drugs. It is very clearly laid out for easy reference with a comprehensive index and references for further reading if needed. The "User Issues" text boxes are a great innovation in this edition and will be of great use to any mental health professional, but in particular those organising psychoeducation or medication information groups. The book seems to be purposefully designed for quick reference, the first page of each chapter even has its own contents list with page numbers for issues covered in that chapter. If you only ever get one psychopharmacology text, this is it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening Aug. 6 2011
By Dennis Sword - Published on Amazon.com
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This book now goes into my library as "one" of my best on the subject. It is balanced and thorough.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better Sept. 20 2011
By Arch - Published on Amazon.com
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While the author certainly knows his subject, I found the book difficult to read. He gave too much detail, and often some sentences were difficult to understand. I hope that there are some simpler books than this one out there.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed March 2 2006
By Cypriot - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is more of a medical-school textbook describing the major drug categories. It only mentions briefly the principal drugs in each.
Although the 4th edition was published in 2005 it does not mention many of the newer drugs like Lexapro,Trileptal, Abilify, Modafinil etc . I did not find the "User Issues" text boxes to be an innovation or of much help.
This is definitely not a book for quick reference. And it is expensive too!
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