Psychopharmacology Demystified, 1st Edition

  • Leonard Lichtblau University of Minnesota, School of Nursing and College of Pharmacy
  • ISBN-10: 1435427874  |  ISBN-13: 9781435427877
  • 128 Pages
  • © 2011 | Published
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The goal of Psychopharmacology Demystified is to take a unique, focused approach to a weighty topic – pharmacological management of mental illness. Rather than another dense tome of doses, schedules, and routes that can easily be looked up in standard nursing handbooks, the author succinctly explains difficult ideas in ways that hit home. The book uses a combination of personal insight and current clinical and research data to cover a wide range of psychopharmacological agents for depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, insomnia, ADHD and Alzheimer's disease. It also addresses addiction, which is often co-morbid with mental illness. While it can be used as a free-standing text, it is meant to be used in conjunction with more traditional psychiatric nursing and pharmacotherapy textbooks.

Features and Benefits

  • Succinct presentation makes complex subject matter more approachable by students.
  • Integrates high quality graphics to illustrate difficult concepts.
  • Begins each pharmacological chapter with personal vignettes which drive home the point that, although drugs are the focus of the chapters, real lives are at stake.
  • By not embedding the book with copious amounts of information (e.g.,doses, schedules, routes) that can easily be looked up in standard nursing handbooks or on a PDA, this text allows the student to concentrate on concepts rather than on memorizing facts.
  • Separates DSM-IV criteria into the appendix which makes chapters more readable and seem less over-whelming than competing textbooks
  • Includes review questions with each chapter; answers include rationales.

Table of Contents

1. Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology.
2. Pharmacotherapy of Depression.
3. Pharmacotherapy of Bipolar Disorder.
4. Antipsychotic Pharmacotherapy.
5. Cognitive Enhancers.
6. Anxiolytic,Sedative and Hypnotic Pharmacotherapy.
7. Neurobiology of Addiction.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Leonard Lichtblau

Len Lichtblau, a native of New York City, received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology in 1981 at the University of Minnesota. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and the College of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Lichtblau has taught pharmacology and physiology to a wide range of health care professionals including, nursing, pharmacy, medical, dental, public health and veterinary students for over three decades. He is a consultant to the Board of Medical Practice in the state of Minnesota on prescription drug abuse and on drugs acting on the nervous system. Dr. Lichtblau is a pioneer in the field of online health care education.