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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Mental Health Medications

by The National Institute of Mental Health
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 4.75 stars
Effectiveness: 4.75 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jul 29, 2013 by Health Sciences
Overview: This learning resource developed by the United States National Institute of Mental Health describes the types of medications used to treat mental disorders, side effects of medications, directions for taking medications, and includes any FDA warnings. It is available as a PDF document.
Learning Goals: The implied learning goals are that after reviewing the learning resource the user will be able to:
  • State the purpose of psychiatric medications.
  • Give at least two examples of medications used to treat schizophrenia.
  • Give at least two examples of medications used to treat bipolar disorders.
  • Give at least two examples of medications used to treat anxiety disorders.
  • Give two examples of medications to treat ADHD.
  • Identify special needs of children and adolescents, older adults, and women who are pregnant or may become pregnant.
  • Questions that patients should ask their healthcare provider if a psychiatric medication is prescribed.
  • Identify where to find additional information on medications used to treat mental health disorders.
  • Give two
  • Target Student Population: The target student population includes college general education, college lower and upper division, and healthcare professionals. Students enrolled in psychiatric and nursing mental health courses would benefit from the resource.
    Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Learners should have a 10th grade or higher reading level.
    Type of Material: Open Textbook
    Recommended Uses: This is a free, online book that “describes the types of medications used to treat mental disorders, side effects of medications, directions for taking medications, and includes any FDA warnings." One can read the material on the web, download it as a pdf, or order a hard copy.
    Technical Requirements: Technical requirements include a computer with Internet access, a web browser, and Acrobat reader software if the PDF file is downloaded.

    Evaluation and Observation

    Content Quality

    Rating: 4.75 stars
    Strengths: This material is published by the National Institute of Mental Health. Information about medications is frequently updated. Check the FDA Web site for the latest information on warnings, patient medication guides, or newly approved medications.
    Concerns:

    This booklet is limited to medications used to treat mental health disorders. Choosing the right medication, medication dose, and treatment plan should be based on a person's individual needs and medical situation, and under a healthcare provider's care.


    Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

    Rating: 4.75 stars
    Strengths: This guide describes types of medications used to treat mental disorders, side effects of medications, directions for taking medications, and warnings about medications. It is a 2008 document developed by the United States National Institute of Mental Health. The guide is available in English and Spanish.
    Concerns: The guide includes only medications available in the United States.

    Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

    Rating: 5 stars
    Strengths: The learning resource is easy to use. It has working links and there is an extended list of additional reliable medication sources referenced.
    Concerns: None.