What if, rather than acting only as dispensers of medication, mental health clinicians and primary care clinicians treating mental disorders were also collaborators with patients in the prescribing relationship? It's a simple but profound shift in how to think about approaching psychopharmacology, and in Prescribing Together, Warren Kinghorn and Abraham Nussbaum argue that this sort of human-to-human relationship-building is critical to prescribing more effectively and to achieving health equity.
While many other books have focused on what to prescribe for given conditions, this volume is more concerned with how to prescribe: how to talk to patients about medications, how to understand the cultural and social factors that affect how both clinicians and patients relate to medication, and how to build trust in the relationship.
Each chapter offers a practical introduction to at least one key concept or skill, from cultural formation and structural competency to medication concordance and deprescribing. Profiles, rich in personal anecdotes, of a diverse group of accomplished clinicians serve as an engaging, real-life foundation for evidence-based strategies for building strong alliances in the context of 13 mental disorder categories, including: . Schizophrenia. Bipolar disorder. Major depressive disorder. Generalized anxiety disorder. Neurocognitive disorders. Borderline personality disorder
In drawing a contrast between a dispenser and a collaborator model, Prescribing Together encourages clinicians not just to look at their patients, but to look with them at their lived experience, to understand their stories and interpersonal and social contexts-all with the aim of returning agency to patients and empowering them to set meaningful goals and to be active particpants in their own flourishing.
Warren A. Kinghorn, M.D., Th.D., and Abraham M. Nussbaum, M.D., M.T.S.
About the AuthorsAcknowledgmentsChapter 1. Introduction: From Dispensers to CollaboratorsChapter 2. Relationship MattersChapter 3. Prescribing AlliancesChapter 4. Peak Performance: Prescribing in the Context of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity DisorderChapter 5. Visions and Voices: Prescribing in the Context of Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic DisordersChapter 6. Stabilization Forces: Prescribing in the Context of Bipolar DisorderChapter 7. Frayed Edges: Prescribing in the Context of Depressive and Anxiety DisordersChapter 8. Unwelcome Strangers: Prescribing in the Context of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related DisordersChapter 9. Building Peace: Prescribing in the Context of Trauma- and Stressor-Related DisordersChapter 10. When the Body Speaks: Prescribing in the Context of Somatic DistressChapter 11. Befriending the Body: Prescribing in the Context of Eating DisordersChapter 12. Getting Clean: Prescribing in the Context of Substance Use DisordersChapter 13. Knowing and Being Known: Prescribing in the Context of Neurocognitive DisordersChapter 14. Strong Emotions: Prescribing in the Context of Borderline Personality DisorderEpilogue: From Fixing to Attending Appendix: Alliance Measures