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THE USE OF MEDICATION to Mental Health As a general rule, medication should only be given under supervision, monitoring and regular review. This is to ensure that the efficacy of the medication is maximised and the side effects managed. The individual’s mental state should also be monitored so that the dosage of the medication can be […]

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Making a difference in medication self-management

Making a difference in medication self-management The skills and interventions that enable service users to evaluate and develop skills in medication self-management have a wide evidence base. There are key skills, a range of strategies and interventions that are available to engage the person in developing a dialogue that facilitates the service user’s understanding and […]

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Teaching medication management to practitioners

Teaching medication management to practitioners In a cluster randomised controlled trial, Gray et al. developed a medicines management training package and taught it to 60 com munity mental health nurses (CMHNs). The educational programme lasted 80 hours and was based on the Compliance Therapy Manual. Community mental health nurses were taught to deliver the intervention […]

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antipsychotic medications

Chlorpromazine was one of the first antipsychotics and was first used for the treatment of psychoses in 1952. Pharmaceutical companies honed in on the idea of the apparent success of chlorpromazine and promoted their research into brain activity. In particular, a neurotransmitter is responsible for receiving messages that stimulate the production of dopamine, a chemical […]

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Exploring the language of medication management

The use and understanding of the language in this area has significant meaning and impact for professional practice. The literature reveals a development in terminology reflected in a shift in the balance of power of the relationship/alliance of the prescriber and health care workers with the client. Overall, this describes a change in value, from […]

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antipsychotics medication

Antipsychotic medication, as the name implies, is used to treat symptoms of psychosis. Antipsychotics were also known as neuroleptics and in times past were referred to, somewhat misleadingly, as major tranquilisers. Chlorpromazine, the fi rst of the antipsychotics, was introduced in 1952 and was the fi rst effective treatment for psychosis. The impact of this […]

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General Principles in Use of Medication for Perinatal Anxiety and Depression

Medication should be avoided where possible, especially during the first trimester; however alternative, nondrug treatments need to be considered where available and untreated anxiety and depression also pose risks. •All the risks from exposure to eithermedication orillness are not yet known. •All medication crosses the placenta and also appears in breast milk — to varying […]

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