Clinical Psychopharmacology: A Primer

Clinical Psychopharmacology: A Primer

Clinical Psychopharmacology: A Primer

Clinical Psychopharmacology: A Primer

Synopsis

This volume provides a concise introduction to the physiological, biochemical, and behavioral issues surrounding drug interventions in the treatment of psychological and neurological disorders. It was written for the reader who does not have an extensive background in these subjects but would like an accurate, current, and succinct account of clinical psychopharmacology.

Descriptions of the drugs used to treat psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression, and psychosis; and neurological disorders such as chronic pain, epilepsy, and Parkinson's disease constitute the major portions of this book. There is also coverage of drugs of abuse as well as issues specific to the problems of prescribing and monitoring drug treatment in pediatric and geriatric populations.

To help avoid the possibility of brand name confusion, pharmacological names for drugs are used. A convenient table matches the generic names with lists of brand names available in the United States. As such, this volume will be a valuable guide for psychology and clinical psychology students as well as nurses and medical students.

Excerpt

The objective of this book is to provide an introduction to drugs used in the treatment of psychological and neurological disorders ("clinical psychopharmacology") in as few words as possible. There are many excellent, authoritative texts on neuropharmacology, psychopharmacology, and medical pharmacology that present a detailed picture of the drugs currently used to treat psychological and neurological disorders. However, most of these texts are long and require a good background in neuroscience and pharmacology in order to be understood. This book is written for the reader who does not have an extensive background in these subjects but would like an accurate, current, and succinct account of clinical psychopharmacology. It is hoped that this book will be useful in introductory psychopharmacology courses for psychology and clinical psychology students, for medical students, and for nurses.

Drugs used to treat psychological disorders (e.g., anxiety disorders, depression, and psychosis) and neurological disorders (e.g., chronic pain, epilepsy, and Parkinson's disease) constitute the major part of this book. An introductory chapter titled "Pediatric and Geriatric Psychopharmacology" (chapter 9) has been included in order to describe the specific problems that arise in prescribing and monitoring drug treatment in pediatric and geriatric populations. Chapter 10 focuses on "Drugs of Abuse."

In order to facilitate remembering important technical terms, the first time that a term is used it appears in italics. In general, the pharmacological names for drugs are used because there may be many brand names for a single drug and these brand names may vary between countries. However, some examples of brand names available in the United States are provided in tables.

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