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Book_cover-3rd_edition2Psychopharmacology: Straight Talk on Mental Health Medications, Third Edition

Author: Joseph Wegmann, PHARM.D., LCSW
Publisher: PESI Publishing & Media
Price: $24.99
Type of Book: Paperback
Item: PUB083825

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I am pleased to announce the availability of Psychopharmacology Straight Talk on Mental Health Medications, Third Edition. This edition features recent advances in the medication management of psychosis, depression, bipolar, anxiety, ADHD and insomnia, as well as all new psychotropic medication releases. I’ve placed significant emphasis on when, and under what circumstances, non-pharmacological interventions are the preferred treatment modalities – together with recommendations for how to best utilize medication and psychotherapy in a complementary way. There’s also analysis of the interplay between the DSM-5 and psychotropic medication.

Here’s what you’ll find inside:

  • A more detailed look at depression and what perpetuates it
  • Why bipolar disorder treatment remains stuck in neutral
  • Anxiety treatment – what should not be medicated
  • Much expanded section on insomnia
  • Updates on herbal and other alternative treatments
  • Psychotropic medication discontinuation – safe strategies that work
  • DSM-5 and psychotropic medication prescribing

What others are saying:

“Joe has done it again! Psychopharmacology, Editions 1 and 2 have been my “go-to” desktop references for several years. With clarity and completeness of information, these resources have provided the opportunity to better coordinate with the professionals who manage my patients’ medications. The information my patients receive from these references has promoted medication compliance while encouraging personal responsibility for health. Psychopharmacology, 3rd Edition goes beyond as an easy to use treatment manual presenting medication as one piece of the mental health puzzle along with psycho-education, and psychotherapy. Psychopharmacology, 3rd Edition supports my practice philosophy of truly living life with a mental health concern rather than waiting through life.”

Ronda J. Salge, MA, MSW, LCSW

“Psychopharmacology always sits on my private practice desk and I refer to it constantly.  It is a tremendous asset to read from an expert, to clients who want to make an informed decision about their medications.  Joe is utterly impressive in his ‘straight talk’ of clinical issues — his book and seminars (and newsletter) are not to be missed! “

Debra C. Godsey, RN, CLNC
Director of Nursing

Joe Wegmann’s explanations of neurotransmitter interactions augment how I psycho-educate my clients. This book expertly conveys the usefulness of medications in a realistic sense, which is instrumental in how I discuss psychiatric consultation and ongoing care with my clients. Joe demystifies psychotropic medications in a language that is superiorly educational and straightforward for both clients and mental health professionals alike. This book should be in the toolbox of every mental health professional!

Lauren C. Ostrowski, MA, LPC, NCC, DCC

For the past 41 years I have been privileged to offer “nonmedical” counseling and psychotherapy services to a vast array of individuals and families. 

Joe’s third edition of “Psychopharmacology-Straight Talk on Mental Health Medications” cuts through the fog and hits the mark again!

 It is easily understood, clinically accurate, and a must have “desk side” reference for clinicians in the counseling professions. 

Wallace G. Long III, MSW, LCSW, BCD

“As a mental health clinician and prescriber, I have had the distinct privilege of learning from one of the foremost authorities in the field of psychopharmacology , Joe Wegmann, R.Ph., LCSW. His clear, practical, and clinically-driven knowledge base has been invaluable in achieving the highest treatment outcomes for my clients.

In his most recent book, The Third Edition of Psychopharmacology : Straight Talk on Mental Health Medications, Joe delivers  a comprehensive review on diagnosis, assessment and treatment strategies for the most common mental health syndromes. His unique focus on proper assessment to determine when is best to utilize psychopharmacology versus other forms of treatment has successfully individualized the care I provide. Every practicing mental health clinician should have this outstanding resource in their library. “

Mindy Cohen, MSN, APRN, C., CGP, CARN

Book signing at Fairhope Yacht Club in Fairhope, Alabama.

Book signing at Fairhope Yacht Club in Fairhope, Alabama.

Take a look at the second edition:

Psychopharmacology: Straight Talk on Mental Health Medications, 2nd Edition

Author: Joseph Wegmann, R.Ph., LCSW
Publisher: Premier Publishing Media 2012
Price: $24.95
Details: 204 pages

Type of Book: Paperback
Item: PUB044120

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Now in its second edition, Psychopharmacology: Straight Talk on Mental Health Medications is the definitive guide for healthcare professionals and anyone else seeking straightforward, concise and user-friendly information about mental disorders and the medications used to manage them. Fully revised and updated, this invaluable book has become the go-to favorite of clinicians, clients and family members intent on expanding their knowledge of Psychopharmacology.

Here’s what you’ll find:

  • Detailed descriptions of the disorders for which medications are most often prescribed
  • The very latest trends in psychiatric medication management and case study applications
  • Tips on medicating children, adolescents, older adults and expectant mothers
  • Herbals and alternative remedies: Do they work? Are they safe?
  • Answers to frequently asked questions
  • Resolving dilemmas – medication refusal, non-compliance, generic vs. brand drugs


What others are saying:

“The field of psychopharmacology is rapidly changing. The seemingly endless introduction of new medications and even classes of medications underlines the need for a simple yet comprehensive text on the use of these psychotropic agents. This book will help the health care practitioner understand the pharmacologic basis of these drugs’ actions and allow them to better understand why a drug works in a specific condition.”

Eugene A. Woltering, MD, FACS
The James D. Rives Professor of Surgery and Neurosciences

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
New Orleans, LA

“Psychopharmacology: Straight Talk on Mental Health Medications provides valuable information for nursing assessments and nurse-based patient teaching. The clear and concise method in which the information is delivered makes incorporating the facts into the nursing process an easy task.”

Debra C. Godsey, RN, CLNC
Director of Nursing

“Joseph Wegmann has provided training to our Child Protection staff for several years on adult as well as child/adolescent psychopharmacology. This training has been invaluable in our work with clients, understanding the use of medication in treatment of mental disorders and hopefully improving outcomes for our client population. His book will now provide our staff with a readily available and thorough manual to reference when planning our interventions with the parents and children we serve.”

Robert H. Couvillon, LCSW, BACS
Regional Administrator
Covington Region Office of Community Services

Take a look at the first edition:

Psychopharmacology: Straight Talk on Mental Health Medications

Author: Joseph Wegmann, R.Ph., LCSW
Publisher: PESI  2008
Price: $34.95 $29.95
Details: 162 pp

Type of Book: Paperback
PESI Product Code: SAM040515

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As a healthcare practitioner or human service provider, would you like to:

  • Be better able to converse with clients and their families about the  proper use of psychotropic drugs?
  • Have a clearer understanding of the differences in popular psychotropic drugs and, based on your in-depth knowledge of your client, be able to collaborate with prescribers to make an optimal choice for your client?
  • Be able to successfully advocate on your client’s behalf with his doctor?

Psychopharmacology: Straight Talk on Mental Health Medications is the guide for healthcare professionals who need to understand psychotropic medications to improve client outcomes. This guide is straightforward and user-friendly – written in style that simplifies complex concepts and enables you use your expanded knowledge with skill and confidence. You’ll receive:

• Detailed descriptions of the disorders for which medications are most often prescribed
• The most up-to-date psychotropic medication models
• Case studies from the field you can apply to your own clients
• Tips on medicating special populations: children, older adults and expectant mothers
• A look at alternative medications: Do they work? Are they safe?
• Answers to frequently-asked questions
• A glimpse at the future of psychopharmacology

What others are saying:

” . . . provides invaluable information for nursing assessments and nurse-based patient teaching. The clear and concise method in which information is delivered makes incorporating the facts into the nursing Process an easy task.”

Debra C. Godsey, RN, CLNC
Director of Nursing

“The field of psychopharmacology is rapidly changing. The seemingly endless introduction of new medications and even classes of medications underlines the need for a simple yet comprehensive text on the use of these psychotropic agents. This book will help the healthcare practitioner understand the pharmacologic basis of these drugs’ actions and allow them to better understand why a drug works in a specific condition.”

Eugene A. Woltering MD FACS
The James D. Rives Professor of Surgery and Neurosciences
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

New Orleans LA

“Joe’s book provides our staff with a readily-available and thorough manual to reference when planning our interventions with the parents and children we serve.”

Robert H. Couvillon, LCSW, BACS
Regional Administrator
Office of Community Services
Covington District

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