Psychiatric Drugs by Jim Read
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Psychiatric Drugs
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Psychiatric Drugs

Key Issues and Service User Perspectives

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Psychiatric Drugs by Jim Read

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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780230549401
ISBN-10: 0230549403
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 13mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 14-Aug-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Books By Author Jim Read

Speaking Our Minds by Jim Read Speaking Our Minds, Paperback (November 1996)

A collection of writings by people who have experienced mental distress. The work includes: accounts of psychiatric treatment, psychotherapy and other treatments; stories of life in mental institutions and moves into the community; self-help methods; and work to improve mental health services.

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Author Biography - 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 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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