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Pharmacotherapy and Special Populations - Psychopharmacology: A Comprehensive Review

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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CE: 3 hours Pharmacology: 3 hours
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Course Summary

Psychopharmacology is an intensive area of healthcare that requires ongoing scientific research and study by health clinicians. It has evolved as an interdisciplinary area of psychiatry based on the medical study of the brain and nervous system. Drug treatment of mental health disorders are continuously evolving as a result of the pharmacy industry focus on new drug research to improve effective treatment. Professional and health regulatory organizational mandates to develop treatment guidelines and to address ethical dilemmas related to drug therapy of mental disorders require that clinicians conform to legal requirements and medical algorithms of treatment. This is the fourth in a five-part series on psychopharmacology.

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Course Syllabus

I.            Introduction

II.          Special Populations And Mental Health

1.   Geriatric Patient

2.   Pregnancy

3.   Pediatric Patient

III.        Limitations Of Pharmacotherapy

1.   Toxicity Levels

IV.         Patient Informed Consent To Treat Mental Illness

1.   Two-Step Process

2.   Legal Considerations

3.   Risk of Addiction

V.           Pharmacotherapy And Adjunctive Therapies

1.   Combination Therapy

2.   Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

3.   Group Therapy and Counseling

4.   Ethical Considerations

5.   Psychological Support

VI.         Summary


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