The goal of Psychopharmacology Demystified is to get the internal light-bulbs of insight to glow by using every-day situations and personal vignettes to illuminate complicated ideas and concepts usinglanguage that nursing students can understand. The text begins with a primer on neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, since this knowledge is a prerequisite for understanding the ensuing chapters covering antidepressants, mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, anxiolytic-sedative-hypnotics and cognitive enhancers, as well as a chapter on substance abuse and addiction. Each chapter begins with a personal story, followed by an overview of the topic, the history of pharmacological management, a review of the major drugs in use, and concludes with current insights and future directions of therapy. While it can be used as a free-standing text, it is meant to be used in conjunction with more traditional psychiatric nursing books and pharmacotherapy textbooks.
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.