Neurotransmitters are the chemical switches in the brain. The imbalance of chemical agents can cause mental difficulties. Psychotropic medications address this imbalance.
Medications usually have trade names, but each has only one generic name. Medications used to treat mental illness are known as psychotropics; within the group are different classes of agents.
Psychotropics are categorized by their chemical action within the brain. Learn about first generation (typical) and second generation agents (atypical) and side effects of each category.
Medical professionals recognize signs and symptoms of psychiatric disorders. Learn therapeutic techniques such as listening and appropriate response. Observe an assessment interview.
Intervention involves healthcare professionals, family, and other non-medical personnel. Patients and families are educated about the side effects of medications.
A variety of treatment plans are available to help patients gain some control over their disorders. Continuous monitoring and patient education is essential to any treatment regimen.
Credits: Assessment, Intervention, and Treatment: Psychotropic Medications
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This program gives an overview of assessment techniques, immediate intervention strategies, and definitive treatment of patients with psychiatric disorders. After a brief historical summary, the video discusses the role of neurotransmitters using animated visuals, then outlines the classes of psychotropic medications. A part of the series Psychotropic Medications. (27 minutes)
Length: 28 minutes
Copyright date: ©2005
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