Psychiatric Medications

RU SSW Psychopathology

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In 2003 the British Museum launched an exhibit, Cradle to Grave by Pharmacopoeia , a display of the 14,000 medications (prescribed and over the counter) that the average British citizen will take in a lifetime. There’s no doubt that we are immersed in a world of drugs. And there’s not doubt that many millions of people are helped every single day by powerful chemical agents. But there’s also no doubt that drugs aimed at affecting our feelings, thoughts, and actions, do not work as readily as do those aimed at bacteria and viruses. And in recent years many have questioned the safety and efficacy of psychiatric medications. Below you will see the books that have most influenced our thinking on this very difficult topic. We are not anti-medication; but we do believe that many people do not benefit from them. Therefore, we work closely with our colleagues in medicine and psychiatry to make sure you’re receiving the best possible outcome.

We are especially interested in the social and psychological side effects of medication and we’ve published widely on this topic.
How do medications affect child and adolescent development? Do they affect brain development; and if so, how? How do we make meaning of our medication experience?

Finally, we are quite concerned not only about the effectiveness of psychiatric medicines. We are also concerned about the risks. For example, some have shown that anti-depressants may cause birth defects. The question is: are psychiatric medications safe? If you’ve experienced adverse reactions to medications, please consider reporting your experience on the website, RxRisk.org.

Selected List of our published articles on this topic: [see more comprehensive list]
Longhofer, J., Floersch, J. & Okpych, N. (2010). Foster youth and psychotropic treatment: Where next? Children and Youth Services Review, 3(2), 395-404.
Longhofer, J., & Floersch, J. (2010). Desire and disappointment: Adolescent psychotropic treatment and adherence.
Anthropology and Medicine. 17(2), 159-172.
Floersch, J., Townsend, L., Longhofer, J., Munson, M., Kranke, D., Faber, R., Thomas, J., Jenkins, J. & Findling, R.L. (2009). Adolescent experience of psychotropic treatment.
Transcultural Psychiatry, 46(1), 157-179.
Longhofer, J., Floersch, J., & Jenkins, J. (2003). Medication effect interpretation and the social grid of management.
Social Work in Mental Health, 1 (4), 71-89.
Longhofer, J., Floersch, J., & Jenkins, J. (2003). The social grid of community medication management.
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 73(1), 24-34.

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