Family Therapy Review: Preparing for Comprehensive and Licensing Examinations

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CHAPTER
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PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY
Roy Resnikoff
University of California, San Diego

TRUTH OR FICTION?
1. Combined psychotherapy and psychopharmacology are more effective for depression and panic than either alone.
2. Psychopharmacology can be over used to find quick fixes for complicated interpersonal problems.
3. Medication can be used to modify long-term temperaments as well as immediate target symptoms.
4. Family therapy has been polarized into directive, “instrumental.” problem solving versus nondirective, “expressive/relational, narrative camps.
5. Personality disorders develop from a combination of biological and environmental factors.
6. It is important for compliance to present the recommendation of medication in a style consistent with the style of the recipient.
7. Family therapists need to be aware of their own biases toward medication and how they compare to those of the treatment family.
8. Ideal attachment includes a flexible alternation of closeness and distance and can be enhanced by psychopharmacology.
9. Biological temperaments vary in genetic vulnerability to stress.
10. Posttraumatic stress disorder includes a combination ofhypersensitivity and numb ness.
11. Medications for depression can sometimes stimulate a manic reaction.
12. In comparison to conventional anti-psychotics, atypical anti-psychotics have fewer muscular side effects and correct negative (lethargy) symptoms.

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