People living with mental illness are often left out of the loop when it comes to understanding how exactly medications work. This book will explain pharmacology in a simplified way to help you understand the effects, both positive and negative, of psych meds, and why these effects occur. It's everything you didn't realize you wanted to know about medications!
The book begins with the essentials of pharmacology and moves on to cover all the major classes of psychiatric medications. You'll learn why one medication in a particular class might be a better fit for you than another. Are you having weight gain from your medication? You'll find out why, and what other medications might be less likely to have the same side effect.
I've pulled together what I've learned in my training as a nurse and (former) pharmacist and years of clinical experience, added in my personal perspective from having taken many of these medications, and distilled it down to the essential elements you need to know to take charge of your own health and illness.
BIOGRAPHY Ashley began her career in health care as a pharmacist in 2002, and quickly returned to school to become a nurse two years later. She specialized in the field of mental health for her entire 15-year career, working with people with serious mental illness in both hospital and community settings.
Two years into her nursing career, Ashley was hospitalized with a diagnosis of major depressive disorder. Since then, she’s been passionate about challenging the stigma around mental illness. She completed a Master of Psychiatric Nursing degree in 2015, despite two hospitalizations while in grad school. Her thesis work and several academic journal publications focused on her experience of mental illness within the context of nursing culture.
Ashley created the blog Mental Health @ Home in 2017 to create a community to foster open, supportive conversation about mental health issues.
She lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her pet guinea pigs.
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