Psychopharmacologic Assessment

Psychopharmacology is a critical component of successful psychiatric evaluation and ongoing treatment.  For a treatment to be effective and all inclusive, one may need to take into consideration the usage of psychotropic medication (or medication that has proven effective in the treatment of psychological issues.)  Knowledge of psychopharmacologic assessment, phases of psychopharmacologic treatment, psychobiology, and critical issues related to specific classes of medication is essential in developing and implementing a treatment plan with the client.  Recent psychobiology research has indicated the importance of neurotransmitters, genetics, and the effect of the immune and endocrine systems.  Critical issues related to anxiolytic medications, mood stabilizers, antidepressants, and antipsychotic (neuroleptic) medications are followed closely by a medical doctor who specializes in psychological care, called a psychiatrist.



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