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Psychiatric Drugs: Key Issues and Service User Perspectives

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ISBN: 9780230549401    Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Year of publishing: 2009     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 208        
Over 60 million psychiatric drugs are prescribed in England every year. This lively and provocative overview provides the most complete examination to date of the lived experience of taking psychiatric...Read more
Over 60 million psychiatric drugs are prescribed in England every year. This lively and provocative overview provides the most complete examination to date of the lived experience of taking psychiatric drugs. The book examines the consequences of long-term psychiatric drug use from the perspectives of people who have taken them and tried coming off them. It draws out the tensions between patients and professionals about medication and offers examples of how to resolve these constructively. Based on extensive UK research, this book includes exploration of: a- current practice in the use of psychiatric drugs a- the varied experiences of people who take them a- the debate over effectiveness a- what service users perceive as both good and bad practice by health professionals a- the different experiences of people from black and minority ethnic communities. Timely and topical as well as clear and accessible, this book is essential reading for students, educators, practitioners and service users in the fields of psychiatry, mental health, social work and counselling.
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About the author: Jim Read
JIM READ has been working as an independent mental health consultant for over 25 years having previously been a mental patient. He has edited two collections... Read more
JIM READ has been working as an independent mental health consultant for over 25 years having previously been a mental patient. He has edited two collections of writing by people who have been recipients of psychiatry. He has a long association with Mind and co-ordinated its research into people's experience of trying to come off psychiatric drugs which features in this book.
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'Drawing heavily on individuals' experiences, it is the first book of its kind to explore what it is like to take antidepressants and other drugs from the viewpoint of the patient, and it contains...Read more
'Drawing heavily on individuals' experiences, it is the first book of its kind to explore what it is like to take antidepressants and other drugs from the viewpoint of the patient, and it contains new and provacative material about people's relationships with some of the most debated and controversial medications around.' Medical News Today 'This is an important book, written by someone with a great deal of experience in this area.' - Professional Social Work 'I found this book highly impressive. The subject matter is complicated and the author has not over-simplified issues or evidence. It is well researched and referenced. Above all, it is clear: clearly written and clearly thought about. It is difficult to make all the issues around psychiatric drugs accessible but this books seems to me to have succeeded admirably.' - Peter Campbell, Open Mind '...a succinct and easy-to-read book...everyone interested in mental health could usefully read it.' - Human Givens
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