Pharmacological Treatments for Mental Illnesses


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1. A woman comes to your clinic saying that she has periodic panic attacks. She was recently in a car accident and feels overcome with fear and nervousness when she is in certain situations while commuting on the bus. She does not have a history of general anxiety, but rather acute attacks. Which of the following treatments would be best for this patient?

2. If a patient is suffering from depression and has tried both selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitors (NDRIs), which of the following would be the next best pharmacological therapy to prescribe?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These questions allow you to see what you remember about pharmacological treatments available to mental health providers. You will be quizzed on different treatments and their effectiveness.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this set of questions, you'll test your knowledge of:

  • Effective treatment options for sufferers of acute panic attacks
  • Available medication to treat a heroin overdose
  • Generalized anxiety treatments

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about mental health pharmacology in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the benefits of methadone to treat opioid addiction
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the most correct drug to prescribe based on a given set of symptoms

Additional Learning

If you would like to know more about this area of medicine, read the lesson titled Pharmacological Treatments for Mental Illnesses. This lesson helps explain:

  • The brand names of commonly used antidepressants
  • NDRIs
  • Available treatments for alcohol detox