An Approach to the Psychopharmacologic Care of Patients

Antidepressants, Antipsychotics, Anxiolytics, Mood Stabilizers, and Natural Remedies

Jeff C. Huffman, Jonathan E. Alpert

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Abstract

The number of safe and effective medication treatments for psychiatric illness has expanded substantially over the past 10 to 15 years. Knowing when and how to prescribe psychotropics-and knowing which medication to prescribe-can be challenging, but with knowledge of some basic principles, this task can be performed adeptly by physicians of all specialties. In this article, the authors discuss basic principles of psychopharmacology and outline an approach to using several commonly prescribed classes of medications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1141-1160
Number of pages20
JournalMedical Clinics of North America
Volume94
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Psychopharmacology
Anti-Anxiety Agents
Antidepressive Agents
Antipsychotic Agents
Psychiatry
Patient Care
Physicians
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Antidepressants
  • Antipsychotics
  • Anxiolytics
  • Mood stabilizers
  • Natural remedies
  • Psychopharmacology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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