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10 places to find reliable info on psych meds

Many of us living with mental illness take psych meds. There is tremendous stigma around psych meds, and that can be a barrier for people who are trying to manage their illness. Accurate information is essential in challenging the stigma and helping people to manage their mental illnesses. This list covers some good resources you can turn to for information about psych meds.

Experts in the field of psychiatry comb through all of the existing research literature on a particular topic, and distill it down into treatment guidelines that makes recommendations based on the strength of the available evidence for various treatment options. This guideline for pharmacological treatment of depression comes from Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT). CANMAT also produced guidelines on various non-medication treatment of depression to accompany this guideline.

These evidence-based treatment guidelines focus on treatments for bipolar disorder (both manic and depressive phases), and were put together by a partnership of the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments and the International Society for Bipolar Disorders.

Epocrates

Do you have an accurate, reliable source to turn to for information about medications?

The Epocrates app and online tool are designed to be a reference for health care professionals, and they include information about how drugs work, dosages, interactions, and potential side effects. Because it's designed for health professionals, it uses medical terminology, and you may need to look up some words. Still, it can be a very good app/site to turn to.

NIMH » Mental Health Medications

The National Institute of Mental Health website covers basic information on antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, stimulants, antipsychotics, and mood stabilizers. It also addresses medication use in special populations, such as pregnant women.

Medication | Mind, the mental health charity - help for mental health problems

The website of the UK charity Mind explains what psychiatric drugs are, what to know before taking them, and information on side effects and coming off medication.

This publication from the National Institute of Mental Health covers medications for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and ADHD. It discusses potential side effects and medication use in special populations like pregnant women.

Website at https://www.nami.org/learn-more/treatment/mental-health-medications

The website of the U.S. organization NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) includes information on different types of medications, generic medications, long-acting injectables, off-label use, and side effects.

Psychiatric Medications: Patient Information Sheets | HealthyPlace

The Healthy Place mental health website offers information on multiple different psychiatric medications including antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anti-anxiety medications, presented in plain English.

Blog Index – Mental Health @ Home

There are posts on my Mental Health @ Home blog that cover a variety of psychiatric medication-related topics, including:

  • Psych meds 101s series: Antidepressants, Antipsychotics, Mood stabilizers, Anxiety meds, and Sleep meds
  • Treatment resistant depression: When what's supposed to work doesn't
  • I dream of ketamine
  • Evidence- based treatment of anxiety
  • What the STAR*D study means for depression treatment
  • Our complicated relationships with medications
Psych Meds Made Simple: How & Why They Do What They Do

My new book, Psych Meds Made Simple: How & Why They Do What They Do, is written to help those who take psych meds to gain an understanding of pharmacology so they're in a position to make the best possible choices about the treatment of their mental illness. It covers pharmacology fundamentals, major classes of medications, side effects, and interactions.

The book is available on Amazon as an ebook or paperback..