Course Summary

Practice Level: Intermediate

Clinical Psychopharmacology Made Ridiculously Simple provides an overview of clinical psychopharmacology. The course provides information on diagnostics, differential diagnosis, and medication strategies.

Course Format

This course is based on a book that can be purchased here and a posttest. When you’re ready, purchase the test by clicking the “Add To Cart” or “Enroll” button. This will let you take the test and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe depression diagnoses and the use of antidepressant medication in treatment.
  • Explain the diagnosis of a bipolar disorder and its treatment.
  • Differentiate anxiety diagnoses and medication treatments for anxiety disorders.
  • Describe the psychotic disorders diagnoses and the side-effects of antipsychotic medications.
  • Discuss the usefulness of psychotropic medications in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, aggression, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Explain the use of over-the-counter medications and dietary supplements with respect to psychiatric disorders.

Course Syllabus

  • General Principles
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Illness
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Miscellaneous Disorders
  • Over-the-Counter Medications and Dietary Supplement
  • Non-Response and “Breakthrough Symptoms” Algorithms
  • Case Examples
  • Appendix A: History and Personal Data Questionnaire
  • Appendix B: Special Cautions When Taking MAO Inhibitors


John Preston, PsyD, ABPP

John D. Preston, PsyD, ABPP, is a licensed psychologist, and author or coauthor of twenty books. He is professor emeritus of psychology at Alliant International University, and has also served on the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine. He has lectured widely in the United States and abroad. He is the recipient of the Mental Health Association’s President’s Award for contributions to the mental health professions, and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association. John H. O’Neal, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist who has been in private practice since 1977. He is past chief of the department of psychiatry at Sutter Community Hospital in Sacramento, CA. He is associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the UC Davis School of Medicine, and is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He lectures on depression and psychopharmacology to mental health professionals, employee assistance programs, and the public. O’Neal received his master’s in clinical psychology from Harvard University, and doctor of medicine from the University of Washington. Mary C. Talaga, RPh, PhD, has been a pharmacist for thirty-nine years, with specialization in psychiatric pharmacy and pharmacy administration. She has extensive experience in health care, and has practiced in a variety of clinical settings. Over her career, she has contributed to the development of best practice guidelines, and has promoted collaborative care models. She has provided training and mentoring to health care professionals, and education to patients and consumers. Bret A. Moore, PsyD, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical and pre- scribing psychologist in San Antonio, TX. Over the past twelve years, he has taught graduate-level courses in clinical psychopharmacology for multiple universities and colleges. He is the recipient of the Educator of the Year award from the American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy, and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association.

James Johnson, MD

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