Prescribing Mental Health Medication The Practitioner's Guide

ISBN-10: 041553609X
ISBN-13: 9780415536097
Edition: 2nd 2013 (Revised)
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Description: Prescribing Mental Health Medicationis a text for practitioners who treat mental disorders with medication. It is theunique text to explain the entire process of medication assessment, management and follow up for general medical practitioners,  More...

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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 5/3/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 584
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.442
Language: English

Prescribing Mental Health Medicationis a text for practitioners who treat mental disorders with medication. It is theunique text to explain the entire process of medication assessment, management and follow up for general medical practitioners, mental health practitioners, students, residents, prescribing nurses and others who are 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 neededHow to start and stop medication How to dose When to change medication Dealing with "difficult" medication patients Specific mental health symptoms and appropriate medication Special populations including: pregnancysubstance abuserschildren and adolescentsthe elderlyManagement of medication side effects Practical issues such as:monitoring medication with blood levels managing the misuse of medicationappropriate prescription of generic preparationssafely avoiding areas of medication riskInternet prescription, 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 for primary care settings.

The Need for This Book
General Principles of Medication Management
Myths and truths about Mental Health Medication
Medication Management Start to Finish
The Initial Prescriptive Interview
Helping a Patient Decide to Try Medication
Starting Medication
Follow-up Appointments and Strategies
Medication, Psychotherapy and Adjunctive Therapies
Stopping Medication
The Long-term Patient
Medicating Special Populations
Using Medication with Children and Adolescents
Pregnancy and Psychotropics: Rewards and Risks
Prescribing Psychotropics for Older Patients
Medication of Problems Sleep
Alcohol, Recreational Drugs and Psychotropic Medication
The Confused and Cognitively Impaired Patient - Medication Pitfalls
Inattention and Hyperactivity: ADHD and Stimulants
Medication Dilemmas and Their Clinical Management
Psychotropic Medications and Side Effects
Danger Zones - Areas of Risk with Psychotropics
Medication Allergies
Competent Clinical Practice
Misuse of Medication - Taking too much and Taking too little
"Difficult" Medication Patients and How to Treat them
Prescription Writing and Record Keeping
Serum Blood Levels Psychotropics
Generic Medications
The Prescriber and the Telephone - Mainstay and Millstone
The Digital Prescriber
The Pharmacist, the Pharmaceutical Industry and the Clinician
Preparing an Office for Mental Health Prescribing
The Way Forward

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