- File Size: 950 KB
- Print Length: 79 pages
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- Publisher: Mental Health @ Home Books (February 4, 2019)
- Publication Date: February 4, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07MTR8BFV
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,807 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Psych Meds Made Simple: How & Why They Do What They Do Kindle Edition
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Dyane Harwood, Author
"Birth of a New Brain—Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder"
With the above in mind, I read the book as the project manager I am. I recall with some loathing truth be told, when I spent nearly 2 years taking medications including psychiatric ones, without ever trying to acquire any knowledge which could help me make the best possible decisions for myself. Had I known will always be the last in class because we hardly even think of them when starting a lesson.
Well, with psychiatric medications, you seriously don’t want take your health or those you care for, for granted. Mental illness (I live with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), is for real and yet, you are not an invalid who can’t decide for themselves unless totally sedated or so psychotic enough to care any more. Ashley’s book is focused on the most common types of psychiatric medications: antidepressants, mood stabilizers, anti psychotics, anti anxiety medications, and stimulants, and yet she is adamant in asserting that: “The notion that medications produce some artificial form of wellness is simply absurd. What I gather from reading the book all through therefore is that, she did all the research including using her own self as a case study, to give her readers and the mental illness community at large, a good base of knowledgeable material to get and keep the conversation going. Recovery from a mental illness is possible if the right combination of medications and holistic treatment protocol are found. Trust me I know it may be hard, it is even daunting reading about the different side effects of the several of the medications.
I learned so much, and I honestly marvel at the depth of the research into technical and not cool products such as medications. I learned for example that it is better to take a cocktail of medications at reduced dosage, than only one at a high dose whose side effects may be devastating. I was also thrilled to learn about the relationship between inflammation and depression, and so much in the book kept getting me highlight wow. I could now understand some about the side effects I experienced, as well as those my brother who lived with bipolar disorder did.
The book is not boring to read especially because she uses words we can easily understand, and above all her own story as a case study. I appreciate her authenticity and vulnerability, and support her overall aim of fighting stigma surrounding mental illness and psychiatric medications. I follow her blog Mental Health at Home, and will recommend both her book and blog to everyone.
Thank you so much Ashley my heroine for writing such a long over due book. In my country, there is still such a pervasive culture of the doctor knows best, and the patient is just supposed to take them medication. Now, some patients and carers can start asking real questions while requesting for medication adjustments and re-adjustments.
I'd recommend this book for anyone who's thinking of taking psych meds, and also for anyone who's bad at science and needs a primer. (I wanted to take psychopharmacology in college, but the class was full. I wound up taking science for liberal arts, which was really easy; but the truth is, I'm terrible at science. This book helped explain the basics to me.)
A lot of the stuff in here that I learned is stuff that you'd think a doctor would tell you, but you can't count on having a thorough doctor these days. For example, the book taught me that Geodon isn't absorbed right without a meal. I took Geodon for over six years without ever having been told that! Knowledge is power!!
The author describes scientific concepts in a broad sense so you can get the gist of what's happening in your brain regarding neurotransmitters (whether or not you're taking drugs). She has a blog which I enjoy reading every day.
I like her gentle approach to the issue of taking meds while pregnant. Again, knowledge is power. The book is straightforward and educational.
Top international reviews
Written by former pharmacist and nurse, Ashley L. Peterson uses her extensive knowledge and clinical experience alongside her own personal experience to give an understanding of how these medications work in the body and why side effects occur.
Beginning with a very readable chapter on Neurotransmitters and Receptors, Ashley gives just enough detail to promote understanding without overwhelming the reader with science. This basic level of understanding makes sense of the information contained in the subsequent chapters, which cover all types of Psych Meds.
A useful book for those wishing to understand more about the action and function of certain medications or with a general interest in medicine.