Designed to make the topic of psychopharmacology accessible to students in the helping professions, this concise, three-part book assists future practitioners in mastering basic concepts and applying these concepts to cases. In-depth discussions of psychopharmacology topics-- including basic principles of psychopharmacology, commonly prescribed psychotropic drugs for adults, and psychotropic medications prescribed to children--are structured around the three core parts of the book. Psychological, cultural, and social issues related to psychopharmacology are also addressed. Case examples, study questions, and bolded key terms appear throughout the book to support and facilitate comprehension. PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, Second Edition, includes new material on psychosocial treatments that complement the most prescribed medications, expanded discussion of medication of children and the elderly, a new chapter on drug replacement therapies, reference to changes in the DSM-5, and more.
Table of Contents
PART I: AN OVERVIEW OF THE NEW EDITION.
2. Introduction to the Nervous System, Neurons, and Pharmacodynamics.
3. Pharmacokinetics: How the Body Acts on Psychotropic Medications.
4. Psychological, Social, and Cultural Issues in Psychopharmacology.
PART II: DRUG CLASSIFICATIONS, THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS AND SIDE EFFECTS.
5. The Antidepressant Era.
6. The Age of Anxiety.
7. Antipsychotic Medications.
8. Mood Stabilizers.
PART III: NEWER ISSUES.
9. Medicating Children.
11. Pharmacotherapy of Alcohol and Drug Related Disorders.
12. Drug Assisted Psychotherapy.
13. Psychotropic Medication and the Elderly.