Ch 8: Antipsychotic Drugs, Antidepressants & Mood Stabilizers

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons and learn about the definitions and views associated with antipsychotic drugs, antidepressants and mood stabilizers. The quizzes that follow each of the lessons can help you gauge your comprehension of the materials.

About This Chapter

Antipsychotic drugs are used to treat the hallucinations and delusions associated with conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Antidepressant drugs treat depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders and chronic pain. Mood stabilizing drugs are used to treat bipolar disorders and the shift between manic and depressive states. When you have watched the video lessons in this Antipsychotic Drugs, Antidepressants and Mood Stabilizers chapter, you could be able to explain or describe:

  • Various thought and mood disorders
  • The types and effects of psychiatric drugs
  • First- and second-generation antipsychotic drugs
  • Different kinds of antidepressants

Video Objective
The Biomedical Model and Psychiatric Drugs The history and development of psychiatric drugs and the biomedical model.
Psychotic Disorders: Definition and Perspectives in Mental Health Study various psychotic disorders.
Drugs Used to Treat Schizophrenia: Types of Antipsychotic Drugs Learn about first and second generation antipsychotic drugs for schizophrenic patients.
Psychiatric Drugs Gain knowledge of the various uses of psychiatric medications.
How Antipsychotic Drugs Work in the Brain Discover how these drugs affect the brain, doses and modes of administration.
Defining and Understanding Mood Disorders Study biological, psychological and socio-cultural models of mood disorders.
Drugs Used to Treat Depression: Types of Antidepressant Medication Gain information about the different types of drugs used to treat depression including first and second generation antidepressants.
How Antidepressants Work in the Brain Explore the effects of antidepressants on the brain.
Drugs for Other Types of Mental Disorders: Mania, Bipolar Disorder and Autism Discover the types of drugs used to treat these conditions.
Social Policies Regarding Psychiatric Drug Treatment Examine social issues and policies governing treatment with psychiatric drugs.
Patterns of Antidepressant Drug Abuse Learn about use, abuse, tolerance and withdrawal patterns with antidepressant drugs as well as dosing and administration and relation to suicide risk.

12 Lessons in Chapter 8: Antipsychotic Drugs, Antidepressants & Mood Stabilizers
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Illness, Disease & The Biomedical Model

1. Illness, Disease & The Biomedical Model

In this lesson, you're going to learn about the nuanced but important difference between an illness and a disease and how that's important with respect to the biomedical model illness.

The Development of Psychiatric Drugs

2. The Development of Psychiatric Drugs

In this lesson, you're going to learn about the early history of the development of psychiatric drugs.Discover who were the major players and their roles today.

Psychotic Disorders: Definition and Perspectives in Mental Health

3. Psychotic Disorders: Definition and Perspectives in Mental Health

What does it mean to be psychotic? What exactly are psychotic disorders? In this lesson, we'll look at some of the symptoms common in psychotic disorders, how they are treated, and how they have historically been viewed.

What Are Antipsychotics? - Types, Classification & Examples

4. What Are Antipsychotics? - Types, Classification & Examples

People with psychotic disorders, which include schizophrenia and the manic phases of bipolar disorder, are typically prescribed one or more antipsychotic medications. Learn about those medications here.

Overview of Psychiatric Drugs: History, Types & Uses

5. Overview of Psychiatric Drugs: History, Types & Uses

Have you ever been curious about how psychiatric drugs work, or more specifically, which psychiatric drugs are used for which disorders? This lesson outlines some common psychiatric disorders and how various medications are used to treat and subdue psychotic symptoms.

How Antipsychotic Drugs Work in the Brain

6. How Antipsychotic Drugs Work in the Brain

Psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia, mania due to bipolar disorder, severe depression and severe anxiety, are treated with antipsychotic drugs. Learn how antipsychotic drugs work in the brain to lessen symptoms.

Defining and Understanding Mood Disorders

7. Defining and Understanding Mood Disorders

When someone has abnormal feelings that affect his or her life, he or she might be suffering from a mood disorder. In this lesson, we'll look closer at the types of mood disorders and the different theoretical views of them.

Types of Antidepressant Medication: First & Second Generation

8. Types of Antidepressant Medication: First & Second Generation

First-generation antidepressants like TCAs and MAOIs can be effective, but come with many unwanted side-effects. Second-generation antidepressants like SSRIs and SNRIs have similar benefits, but are thought to have less severe side effects.

How Antidepressants Work in the Brain

9. How Antidepressants Work in the Brain

Depression leads to feelings of sadness. It's thought that the mood disorder is influenced by lower than normal concentrations of certain neurotransmitters within the brain. Learn how antidepressants increase these feel-good neurotransmitters.

Drugs for Mental Disorders: Mania, Bipolar Disorder & Autism

10. Drugs for Mental Disorders: Mania, Bipolar Disorder & Autism

This lesson goes over the major types of medications that are used to help control signs and symptoms associated with mania, bipolar disorder, and autism. We will also look at some specific names of each type of medication.

Social Policies Regarding Psychiatric Drug Treatment

11. Social Policies Regarding Psychiatric Drug Treatment

This lesson goes over some of the more recent and important social policy changes enacted at the government level which have expanded access to psychiatric treatments, including drug access and affordability.

Patterns of Antidepressant Drug Abuse

12. Patterns of Antidepressant Drug Abuse

Can antidepressant drugs be addictive? Can they be abused? This lesson goes over these concepts, what abuse really means with concrete examples, and what the signs of such abuse may be.

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