A guide to psychotropic medication for therapists and their clients. This book lays out the pros & cons of mind-altering prescription drugs from a critical but balanced perspective.
Books considering psychotropic drugs tend to one of two extremes: either uncritical accounts of their effectiveness and the presumed biophysiology underpinning their action or highly critical â€œanti-psychiatryâ€ polemics which damn the entire concept.
Psychiatric Drugs Explained, now in its third edition, manages to occupy the middle ground. Explicit details are given of the desired action of commonly used psychotropic drugs (with both UK and US names), but equal attention is given to their side effects and alternatives to their use (eg: in the management of sleep disorders).