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Author Maris, Ronald W.,
Title Pillaged : psychiatric medications and suicide risk / Ronald William Maris ; foreword by David Healy.
Imprint Columbia, South Carolina : University of South Carolina Press, [2015]

Author Maris, Ronald W.,
Subject Psychopharmacology.
Suicide -- Risk factors.
Psychotropic Drugs -- adverse effects -- Case Reports.
Suicide -- psychology -- Case Reports.
Suicide -- prevention & control -- Case Reports.
Risk -- Case Reports.
Mental Disorders -- drug therapy -- Case Reports.
Psychotropic Drugs -- therapeutic use -- Case Reports.
Psychotropic Drugs -- therapeutic use.
Psychotropic Drugs -- adverse effects.
Suicide -- psychology.
Suicide -- prevention & control.
Mental Disorders -- drug therapy.
Add Title Psychiatric medications and suicide risk
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The suicide risks of psychiatric medications -- Resolving suicidogenic claims -- Antidepressants -- Mood stabilizers and antiepileptics -- Anxiolytics -- Antipsychotics -- Residual suicidogenic drugs -- Conclusions, resolutions, and alternatives.
Note Print version record.
Summary It is estimated that 45 to 50 percent of all Americans will suffer a mental disorder at some time during their lives. Increasingly, the treatment for these disorders is management with one or more psychiatric drugs, often prescribed by general practitioners. In Pillaged, Ronald William Maris evaluates the psychiatric medications commonly used to treat several major types of psychiatric disorders -- including depression and mood disorders, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders and psychotic disorders -- asking "do they work as advertised?" and, more importantly, "are they safe?" Answers to these questions are more ambiguous than we might think, Maris explains, because drug manufacturers tend to minimize the adverse effects of their products. Furthermore, the underlying neurobiological theories of how psychiatric drugs work are complex, poorly understood and often conflicting. Still, Americans spend tens of billions of dollars a year on antidepressants and antipsychotics alone. While Maris questions the rampant prescribing of psychiatric medications especially in young people, Pillaged does not suggest that anyone cavalierly discontinue potentially beneficial psychiatric medications without the advice of a qualified mental health professional. The book acknowledges that psychiatric medications are often necessary in treating some psychiatric conditions, but it reminds readers of medication's potential for degrading one's quality of life, contributing to self-destructive behaviors and even leading to death in a vulnerable minority of patients. Maris advocates an open and honest discussion of data on psychiatric drugs, their effects and their dangers, and he reminds readers of available alternative, non-drug treatments for psychiatric disorders. By reviewing the history and effects of medications for mental disorders, Maris hopes to educate health care consumers and prescribers to make careful, informed decisions about the treatment of psychiatric disorders.
ISBN 9781611174625 (electronic bk.)
1611174627 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 902674746
Additional Format Print version: Maris, Ronald W. Pillaged 9781611174601 (DLC) 2015003056 (OCoLC)893455801

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