Psychotropic Medications Common in Mental Health Practice

About the Course:

This course provides information regarding commonly used psychotropic medications. The course material discusses brand names, generic names, side effects, and benefits of these medications. The course material includes two short articles giving depth to the topic. The first article is “Brief Overview of Common Psychotropic Medications: A Practical Guide from a Clinical Viewpoint” by Paula Blank, MD, PhD. The second is “Introduction: Mental Health Medications” by the National Institute of Mental Health. The course will assist professionals in gaining greater knowledge of these medications.

Journal/Publisher:

Paula Bank, MD, PhD; National Institute of Mental Health

Publication Date:

2005; 2010

Authors

Paula Bank, MD, PhD; National Institute of Mental Health

About the Authors:

Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan

U. S. Department of Health & Human Service/National Institute of Health

Recommended For:

This is a basic to intermediate course best suited for psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses, and other mental health professionals who need increased knowledge regarding commonly used psychotropic medications. This course is intended to increase knowledge and awareness of the use, side effects, and mechanisms of action for these medications.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify commonly used psychotropic medications in mental health practice.

  2. Understand the mechanism of actions for commonly used psychotropic medications.

  3. Explain the potential risks and benefits associated with psychotropic medications.

  4. Categorize the various classes of psychotropic medications.

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