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Psychopharmacology

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The course examines the history, biochemistry, main effects and side effects of prescription psychotropic medication and biological bases of human behavior in relation to cognition, emotions and mental health. Topics include an overview of neuroanatomy and biochemistry, biological concepts of mental distress, and principles of drug action and metabolism. Ethics, methods of working with medical personnel, and the effects of psychotropic medications on the family system are included.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    Pharmacological Treatment of Substance-Related Disorders, and the Use of Alternative Medication Types

    • Differentiate between the major theories behind the development of DSM-5 substance use disorders from multiple perspectives.
    • Explore the potential benefits and risks of the alternative and herbaceutical treatment options for mental disorders.
    • Describe integrated health care management issues and the importance of family systems in the applied psychopharmacological treatment of mental health disorders.

    Origin and Pharmacological Treatment of Disorders Related to Anxiety and Sleep

    • Differentiate between the major theories behind the development of DSM-5 anxiety disorders from multiple perspectives.
    • Assess the pharmacological properties and mechanisms of action of the medications related to treating anxiety disorders.
    • Differentiate between the anxiolytic drugs and sedative-hypnotics for sleep management.

    Origin and Pharmacological Treatment of Disorders Related to Psychosis

    • Differentiate between the major theories behind the development of DSM-5 psychotic disorders from multiple perspectives.
    • Analyze the pharmacological properties and clinical use of the medications developed for treating psychotic disorders.
    • Explore the benefits and risks of using the alternative medication options for enhancing the therapeutic experience.

    Pharmacological Treatment of Children, Adolescents, and Older Adults

    • Differentiate between the major theories behind the development of DSM-5 disorders that are commonly diagnosed in early and late life stages from multiple perspectives.
    • Examine the pharmacological properties and clinical use of the medications developed for treating age-relative disorder types.
    • Identify the special issues, ethics, and concerns when using psychopharmacology with children and older adults.

    Introduction to Biological Concepts of Mental Distress and Psychopathology

    • Describe the function of the major structures of the brain that relate to mental disorders.
    • Identify the structure and function of the neuron, synaptic cleft, and major neurotransmitters involved in mental disorders.
    • Explain the functional differences between pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics.

    Origin and Pharmacological Treatment of Disorders Related to Mood

    • Differentiate between the major theories behind the development of DSM-5 disorders related to mood from multiple perspectives.
    • Examine the pharmacological properties and clinical use of the medications developed for treating disorders related to mood.
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