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A mental health professional’s guide to commonly used medications

AUTHOR : By Herbert Mwebe

ISBN : 9781914171444

Edition No : 2

Publication : Sep 13, 2021

Extent : 330 pgs

ISBN : 9781914171451

Edition No : 2

Publication : Sep 13, 2021

Extent : 330 pgs

ISBN : 9781914171468

Edition No : 2

Publication : Sep 13, 2021

Extent : 330 pgs


This jargon-free guide is suitable for all trainee and registered health professionals who require knowledge and understanding of drugs used in the treatment of mental health conditions for prescribing or administering purposes. A life-saving book that you can carry anywhere you go!

Introductory material provides a background on psychotropic drugs, the etiology of mental illness, some of the commonly used drugs in practice and brief notes on common non-pharmacological interventional options. It also examines the pathophysiology of mental illness and clinical decision making.

The central chapters provide comprehensive coverage of all the major medications used in the most common mental health disorders, detailing key drugs and including side effects, average doses, contra-indications and precautions, and clinical management interventions. Case studies, multiple choice questions and summary tasks in each chapter enable readers to clearly relate theory to practice and thoroughly review their learning.

The second edition of this best-selling text has been completely revised to include:

  • updated information and refreshed case studies throughout;
  • more activities for self-study and interactive learning, including multiple choice questions;
  • an emphasis on new ways of working within mental health settings, such as non-restrictive practice;
  • a completely new chapter on alcohol and substance misuse.



1. Mental illness and clinical decision making

2. Drugs used in psychoses

3. Drugs used in depression

4. Drugs used in dementia

5. Drugs used in bipolar disorders

6. Drugs used in anxiety disorders

7. Drugs used in alcohol and substance misuse

Appendix- Answers to MCQs and chapter review questions





Herbert Mwebe is a senior teaching fellow and a senior lecturer in mental health in the School of Health and Education at Middlesex University. Within the Department of Mental Health, Herbert delivers physical health training for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. He is the continuous professional development (CPD) programme lead in the Department of Mental Health, and his teaching and research interests focus on improving physical health in serious mental illness (SMI) as well as psychopharmacological interventions in mental health settings. Prior to entering academia, Herbert worked in inpatient, community and primary care settings. Within General Practice he led on a mental health project (PMS+ Mental Health Project) in City and Hackney commissioned by NHS England with a key function to provide timely management and treatment of people presenting with mental illness in primary care. Herbert is also a specialist clinical advisor to the Care Quality commission (CQC), a role in which he supports the CQC with community and hospital inspections for mental health and social care providers. He is also an editorial board member for the British Journal of Mental Health Nursing.

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