Vernon Neppe, MD, PhD, FRSSAf, is a neuropsychiatrist and head of the Pacific Neuropsychiatric Institute in Seattle. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and recipient of the Whiting Memorial Award. He is author of two major psychopharmacology books, Cry the Beloved Mind: A Voyage of Hope and Innovative Psychopharmacotherapy (www.brainvoyage.com), and many other books including Déjà Vu Revisited, Déjà Vu: A Second Look, Déjà Vu: Glossary and Library. He was chosen (in 2004) as one of the Leading Psychopharmacologists of the Twentieth Century by the Collegium Internationale Neuropharmacologicum. He also led the first ever USA and International Delegation in Psychopharmacology and Neuropsychiatry (to China). Dr Neppe has amplified many of his concepts in three of the websites linked with his work. His books are amplified on www.Brainvoyage.com; www.VernonNeppe.org is his gateway and includes more information on the Neppe-Close model of the Triadic Distinction Vortical Paradigm (TDVP) and some of the key publications are on www.pni.org. Together with Dr Edward Close, he pioneered the new discipline of what they call “Dimensional Biopsychophysics”. He is author, with physicist and mathematician, Edward Close PhD, PE, of Reality Begins with Consciousness: A Paradigm Shift that Works. His professional publications number over 700.
Here, Dr. Neppe describes the many factors requisite for proper prescription and monitoring of psychiatric medications. He maintains that these drugs can be remarkably effective, and even life-saving, when used properly. However, there are instances in which physicians do not adequately take into account such factors as body sensitivity, multiple diagnoses, nutriceutical interactions, therapeutic windows, dose frequency, dosing and side-effects. There are also issues related to the proper use of generic drugs. Legislation may be required to address some issues.
(Recorded on May 1, 2018)
Published on July 11, 2018