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Psychiatric Drugs Explained: For Health Professionals and Users [Paperback]

David Healy MD FRCPsych
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4 Dec 2001 0443070180 978-0443070181 3
The new edition of this book will continue to provide a comprehensive and clear guide to the uses, benefits and impact of psychotropic drugs. The major drug categories are listed and the clinical uses, modes of action and side effects of principle drugs in each category are described. The text provides drug names in generic and both UK and US trade names. In addition to a comprehensive review of drug treatment organised by condition, the text also addresses important issues for professionals and their clients concerning, consent, liability and the management of side- effects and withdrawal. The book provides a readable reference source of essential information for professionals to work with their clients in considering treatment options.

The book has been thoroughly revised and updated to include new drugs and treatment options, and continues to address the key concerns for health care professionals around compliance, partnerships in treatment options and issues of accountability in practice. It also contains a unique section on the pharmacological industry critically appraising its significant role in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Churchill Livingstone; 3 edition (4 Dec 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0443070180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0443070181
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 548,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"David Healy is one or the most stimulating and challenging writers on drug treatments. This book continues his tradition of producing well written, highly readable presentations of difficult subjects. I found the copious user information boxes most valuable and will use them with my clients." "Mike Smith, Director of nursing", Nursing Times, Vol 97, no 47, November 2002

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David Healy is a leading writer and researcher in the field of psychotropic drugs. The previous editions of this book have been welcomed for his clear and accessible approach.

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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bible for student nurses 4 Feb 2002
By A Customer
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Recommended to me by a psychiatric nurse this book is a must for all student nurses following the mental health programme. Easy to follow, the book is divided into chapters explaining the management and treatment of various psychiatic illnesses and the drugs used to treat them. The latter part of the book explains 'consent, liability and ethics. A convenient size, this is a valuable reference tool for anyone throughout their nursing career.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything the BNF DIDN't tell you. 15 July 2005
This book is a must have for all practitioners including student nurses. It is easy to read, informative and does exactly what it says on the cover. Psychiatric Drugs Explained clearly, definitively and methodically takes you through each drug catergory leaving the reader with the information they need. One of the few books you'll read, recommend and buy the next edition of. I recommend this book for all student mental health nurses.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 12 July 2009
This book is a must for all nursing students on the mental health programme. The book does excatly what the title says, explains everything you need to know about psychiatric drugs. It breaks down the drug, looking at what it is and why it would be used, going on to side effects, and contraindications. For each drug it also lists the generic name it is called, but also the UK (and US) trade name that they commonly use. This I personally think is a great help, as a student on placement it can be misleading on prescription charts when they use a trade rather then a generic name.

The book not only covers all the information regarding medications but the end section of the book looks at the consent involved in administering these medications, ethical issues, and liability. The size of the book is ideal as it can easily popped into your bag to take into placement as a revision tool. I would certainly recommend this book to students who are undertaking the mental health nursing course.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 5 Aug 2008
I bought this book as a general nurse moving into a new speciality where a lot of patients have co-existing mental health problems, and I was not dissapointed!

The book takes you clearly through each of the major classes of psychiatric drugs, explaining their pharmacology (in so much as it is known), their history, their side effects and so on, in a way which is very easy to understand. I was seeking something a bit beyond memorising names and dosages, and that's exactly what I got - a well-rounded sense of understanding.

Whilst I read the book from cover to cover, I would imagine that it is equally suitable to be dipped into for info as required.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By jonhaff
This is a useful book on psychopharmacology, but if you already have the 4th edition be warned that little has changed. It contains no new chapters, little new text, the colour scheme is different but the format basically the same... and the Introduction is the same as the 4th edition (2005) even though they have rather cheekily put 'Bangor, 2008' at the end to imply it was recently written!

Perhaps this reflects the limited progress in drug development but I was a little disappointed as I expected this new edition would contain more new material and would be an 'update', as the 4th edition was compared to the 3rd. However, if you don't yet own this title then it is definitely recommended as an easy to read, wise and thought-provoking companion to practical psychopharmacology.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real help 12 Oct 2009
I ordered this book after progressing into my 2nd year of mental health nursing. When it arrived I was happy to see it covered all the relevant issues. It has been a real help to dip into, much easier than searching through the BNF! I would recommend any mental health student nurses to purchase this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable 9 Mar 2004
By Gerry
Now in its third edition, this is an indispensable book for mental health professionals. 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The chapters for this book are organised by disorders which makes it very user friendly.

Chapters have highlighted areas for user issues, which details potential side effects to be aware of, withdrawal management and brand names of drugs.

This book is not simply about psychiatric drugs, instead historical content is discussed so that understanding on how medical progression has evolved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS ---- EXPLAINED
Good for all students who want to develop the skills on drugs, well elaborated books.

Even, the already qualified nurses found it very useful.
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Really good and useful book. Im studying Mental Health Nursing at uni and this is the most helpful psychiatric drugs book I have come across. Read more
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I think this book really makes understanding psychiatric drugs fairly easy. Good explanations which aren't too academic like in the writing. I would recommend this to anyone.
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This was a good purchase. It is what I wanted, would gladly recommend it to my friends and colleagues? It is value for money and a good purchase.
Published on 5 Jun 2012 by Twinses
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Published on 7 May 2012 by damian breen
5.0 out of 5 stars student accessories
Great condition. Easy to read. Contains history of drugs and usage. Will help enormously with my forthcoming studies. A must for Mental Health Nursing.
Published on 22 April 2012 by Mrs. Gina A. Thorpe
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!!
Brilliant!!! i'm a 2nd year mental health nurse student and this book is brilliant explains everything very helpful indeed. Divides and explain various illnesses
Published on 21 Nov 2011 by sunny
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable
Fantastic book, although a newer version is available this book is fantastic for mental health nurses needing to understand the psychiatric drugs quickly. Highly recommended!!
Published on 2 Nov 2011 by W. A. Noble
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
Really easy to read and explains drugs in a way that you can understand without wasting time scratching your head! Well worth the money and I would highly recommend it.
Published on 29 Dec 2010 by SCOOBY
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Used alongside the "British National Formulary", (dry, straightforward, but essential) this book gives an excellent balance in providing a perspective that celebrates the person... Read more
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