A mental health professional’s guide to commonly used medications

Herbert Mwebe


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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 pocketbook that you can easily 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 biochemical and neurodevelopmental theories and the link to the pathophysiology of mental illness as well as clinical decision making.

The central chapters of the book provide comprehensive coverage of all the major medications used in mental health. Each focuses on a specific class of drug, detailing the most commonly used medicines, including side effects, average doses, contra-indications and clinical management interventions that may be required. At the end of each chapter a series of review questions enable readers to review their learning, and theory is clearly related to practice throughout.


Herbert Mwebe:

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, in 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.