Basic Psychopharmacology Principles
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Part I of the guide familiarizes students with basic principles of pharmacology including drug types, the structure and function of the central nervous system, fundamental pharmacological concepts, and an overview of adrenergic and cholinergic neuronal systems. Part II discusses patient diagnosis and treatment, as well as biological markers and diagnostic testing. Part III dives deeper into clinical psychopharmacology, addressing how psychotropic medications interact with depression, psychosis, anxiety, trauma, pregnancy, and more. The guide concludes with a section on clinical considerations in which students are encouraged to apply biopsychosocial assessments and analyze clinical cases using the biopsychopharmacological model.
Written for future clinicians who will not prescribe medication but would benefit from a working knowledge of psychopharmacological interventions, Basic Psychopharmacology Principles is ideal for courses in social work, psychology, counseling, and marriage and family therapy.