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The Medication Question: Weighing Your Mental Health Treatment Options: For Patients and Their Familiesby Ronald J., M.d. Diamond
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This important volume provides a thorough overview of a range of mental disorders, describing how they are affected by various medications and other interventions, to foster a strong alliance between family, patient, and clinician.
Diamond asks us to step well back from the brink of the "doctor knows best" mentality, addressing a more basic and radical question: Do I (or does my family member) really need medication, and if so, why, what, when, how and for how long? What is the problem for which I might be considering taking medication? Diamond faces the facts that some individuals do not benefit from medication, that taking medication regularly should never be the goal of treatment (as it often seems to be), and that medication in some conditions may have meaning and utility for the person even when there is no proven clinical indication for it.
This book is an invaluable guide to medications--including complementary and herbal products--that you might consider for various psychiatric and psychological conditions. Clinicians, clients, and family members alike will learn to collaborate, negotiate, create individualized treatment plans, and share in the decision-making process about whether to medicate or not.
Book News Annotation:
Deciding to take, not to take, or when to take medication for mental health disorders, and how those who are thinking of taking them and/or their families may come to that decision is the focus of this book. Dr. Diamond (psychiatry, U. of Wisconsin) discusses the various disorders and what medications can and cannot do to help, and provides a list of drugs and their uses. He also gives advice on what patients can do to help make the medications more effective. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Helping readers understand the factors and considerations when deciding whether or not to take psychotropic drugs.
A Decision Guide for Patients and Their Families
Should you turn to psychotropic drugs for the treatment of common conditions such as anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders? This book provides everything you need to know to understand your disorder, evaluate your symptoms, and work closely with your doctor should you choose to take medication.
About the Author
Ronald J. Diamond, MD, is a professor at the University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry in Madison, and Medical Director of the Mental Health Center of Dane County. He teaches psychopharmacology to hundreds of social workers, counselors, nurses, clients, and families of individuals with mental illness each year.
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