This book is a guide for three groups of people: the psychologists and social workers who send clients to psychiatrists; the psychiatrists who prescribe the drugs; and the clients who are often caught in the middle. A guiding principle is that collaboration, rather than coercion, is most likely to promote, achieve, and sustain recovery. Diamond and Scheifler discuss the often-competing agendas of these groups of people: "what does everyone want out of this relationship" and "how can we make these relationships easier and more beneficial for the client?" The book will also speak to each group of readers, explaining how they can participate more effectively in the process. For example, what questions should a therapist be asking of the psychiatrist; how is the best way to communicate? What is the best way to forge a strong relationship? What should the consumer do to make sure that she is getting the best treatment?
Important topics addressed include: how to set goals with clients so that everyone is on the same page with the treatment regimen; how to manage inevitable conflicts that will arise; helping clients deal with medication side effects; working with clients to choose when medication is changed; how to focus on recovery as a goal and not just medication management.
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Part 1: Medication: The Decision-Making Process
The Role of Medication in Mental Health Treatment
The Prescriber/Therapist/Client Relationship
Collaborative Participation in Medication Decision Making
Medication Management Strategies
Part II: Medical Illness and Mental Health Treatment
Psychiatric Presentation of Medical Illness
Working with Primary Care Physicians
Pros and Cons of Medication
Part III: Beyond Medications: Psychoeducation Resources for Clients
Going for Recovery
Recovery Lifestyle Habits
About the Authors:
Ronald J. Diamond, M.D., has been involved for more than 25 years in the community-based treatment of persons with severe and persistent mental illness. He is Medical Director of the Mental Health Center of Dane County, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin and Consultant to the Wisconsin Bureau of Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse and the co-author of Instant Psychopharmacology.
Patricia L. Scheifler, MSW, is a psychiatric social worker who is self-employed as director of Partnership for Recovery, and has over 25 years of direct practice and administrative experience in Community Mental Health and Hospital based treatment programs. She has been featured in seven videos, co-authored numerous books, and has presented over 500 workshops across the country.