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Course Summary

This course offers a comprehensive review of the fundamentals of psychopharmacology as well as valuable concepts that attempt to integrate psychopharmacological topics with clinical psychopathology and psychiatric theory in general. Additionally, it presents practical information on the targeted therapy, benefits, side effects, drug-drug interactions and suggested doses of psychotropic drugs. The four major classes are discussed- antipsychotics, antidepressants, mood stabilizers and antianxiety/sleeping medications, including updated information on the array of new medications and how they differ from traditional drugs. Further information is provided on the use of benzodiazepines, stimulants and sedatives in the management of other mental health disorders.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) and a practice test. When you’re ready, purchase the course by clicking the “Add To Cart” button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the basic principles of psychopharmacology.
  • Describe basic brain and nerve anatomy.
  • Explain the mechanism of action and targeted therapy of antipsychotics.
  • Describe the use and management of stimulants vs. sedatives in mental health disorders.
  • Explain the goals of treating depression with antidepressant medications.
  • discuss interactions and adverse reactions of different classes of psychotropic drugs.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Principles
  • Classification of Psychotropic Medications
  • Adverse Effects of Psychotropic Medications
  • Classification of Mental Health Disorders
  • Dosage and Delivery
  • Special Populations
  • Limitations and Inadequacies
  • Lifestyle Precautions
  • Communication
  • Quick Reference to Psychotropic Medication

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