Articles and Newsletters

I write newsletters and articles on mental-health topics. You'll find a complete list of my writings on this page, as well as a complete list of reviews of my book. Check here often often for new additions.


Treating Depression: Medication versus Therapy. Reprinted at BellaOnline.
Bipolar Disorder: An Illness of Excess. Reprinted at BellaOnline.
EMDR: A Remarkable Treatment for Trauma. Reprinted at BellaOnline.
Psychosis and Schizophrenia: Whose Reality is this, Anyway? Reprinted at BellaOnline.
ECT: The Method of Last Resort. Reprinted at BellaOnline.
Why won't they Believe I'm Ill?  Reprinted at BellaOnline.
Anosognosia: The Most Devastating Symptom of Mental Illness.
Diagnosis: A Misunderstood Word
Beyond Diagnosis: Time for a New Paradigm


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Kirkus Discoveries

A straightforward guide to mental disorders and the drugs that treat them.

In one brief volume, Thompson has gathered an amount of data it would take days to locate on the Web. The author, a physicist "who has an interest in medical treatments for mental illness," according to his biography, gives a tutorial on brain chemistry, then lists some psychiatric diagnoses (the various types of depression, psychosis, schizophrenia) and the medications usually prescribed to treat those disorders.

The book has helpful charts and lists that clearly designate drug chemical names, brand names, on- and off-label uses and common side effects. It also includes the pros and cons for each substance, as well as dangerous symptoms and interactions to watch out for. Particularly nice is the directory of websites, both official and quirky, where psychiatric patients and their friends and families can find reliable information and support.

Thompson’s candid writing about the most dreaded of side effects, sexual dysfunction, takes this sensitive subject out of the shadows, presenting it as a surmountable challenge.

The author makes a point of stating that he is not a medical doctor, and that MDs are not technically scientists, in the sense that they do little research. While they may be "competent to treat" patients, MDs don’t often have what Thompson calls a "deep knowledge of psychotropic medications."

Like any good scientist, Thompson is an accumulator of data, and his research is methodical. If there is a weak point to this book, it is the lack of a nuanced approach to psychotropics and the accompanying therapies that develop from experience, observation and work with real patients--the part of psychiatric treatment that is as much art as it is science. Still, Thompson has written a meticulous book, well-organized and indexed, that would be useful to those suffering from mental illness.

A systematic yet approachable view of mental illness and the drugs used to treat it.

The review by Mike Briley has this to say:

"...For those with a practical interest in psychotropic medication such as patients, their families and carers this book is a very convenient "first stop" in understanding treatment with psychotropic medication. For non-specialist health professionals it is a useful reference for filling in the gaps in their knowledge and keeping up with this rapidly moving area. For the health professional specialising in psychotropic therapy it can be useful as an educational tool for recommending to their patients and thus increasing their complicity."