Medicines for Mental Health: The Ultimate Guide to Psychiatric Medication
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8 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Colourful Capsules of Mental Health Care Jan 08, 2008
Kevin Thompson, Ph.D. has put together a
very user-friendly, well-organized and
infomative guide to current psychopharmacology.
Symptoms of mental illness, most appropriate
medications, side effects and their profiles,
are described in a succinct and comprehensive
style. I would describe the guide as elegant.
For my particular interest in lithium, I was
very pleased to read the Q-T cardiac prolongation
side effect warning, that lacks priority in may
other medical guides I have read.
I am very happy to have this guide in my collection.
It is great for the layman with a very considerate
Glossary of psychiatric terms in the final chapter.
8 of 9 found the following review helpful:
Nothing like it out there... Nov 08, 2007
By D. Hoffman
As a Neuropsychiatrist, I find this book has it all - and in a simple to understand, concise and organized way. Whether you're a consumer looking to learn more about what your physician is prescribing, or a health care provider, this should be a "must have". It puts many of us "professionals" to shame. You can also see my comments in the book - but suffice it to say that if you want to learn more about psychotropic medications, this should be your first stop.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
A Roadmap to the Mental Illness Medical Treatment Process Jun 30, 2008
By R. A. Lahey
This is a very useful book for anyone with a family member or close friend being treated for depression, particularly if they went through a couple of different treatment options before finding one that worked - or if they are going through that process right now.
It was enlightening to find out that identical depression symptoms can result from different problems in brain chemistry and that there are different classes of anti-depressants distinguished by how they affect brain chemistry, e.g., Monoamine Oxidase inhibitors versus reuptake inhibitors. Once the right class of anti-depressants is identified for an individual, the next step becomes a search for the medicine with the side effects that the individual tolerates best.
This book provides a roadmap to a treatment process that can otherwise seem bewildering or random. With this book as a reference, it doesn't have to be either. Highly recommended.
7 of 8 found the following review helpful:
This is a must-have book Aug 26, 2007
By C. J. Corbett
As a registered nurse, I must be picky about which books I use for reference. This book is fairly comprehensive in scope and can be used for the health care professional as well as any person simply interested in this topic. It is obvious that Dr. dePlume went to great effort and thought in putting this together. I am recommending it to all my colleagues.
At first I was a little put off because there is no index, but the table of contents is structured in such a way that it is not too difficult to find what I am looking for. That plus lots of cross-referencing throughout the book make it easy to use.
6 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Know your options,,,,,this book helps a lot! Jul 26, 2007
By A reader/viewr in CA.
Several years ago I needed a good antidepressant and was put on Effexor. The depression lifted but I had hand tremors, inability to fall aspleep at night leading to the desire to sleep all day and a serious loss of libido. I met Nom dePlume on the net and he suggested Lexapro and the level of fighting depression was actually better with none of the side effects I'd encountered with Effexor.
I have the highest respect for the author. I've read this book on the net as it's developed and am thrilled the final version is out in hard copy!
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