About This Chapter
Mental Health Medications - Chapter Summary
These pharmacology lessons cover medications used to treat mental health conditions, such as bipolar disorder, depression and ADHD. As you work through the chapter, you'll examine several medications, such as as aripiprazole, trazodone, Vyvanse and lithium. The lessons go into further detail about these drugs by breaking down their uses, classifications, side effects indications and contraindications.
You can complete this chapter at your own pace by studying the lessons in sequence or by jumping to specific topics via your course Dashboard. Each lesson comes with a short quiz to reinforce the lesson material and help you commit it to memory. If you get stuck, feel free to reach out to our expert instructors who will be happy to answer your questions.
How It Helps
This chapter offers a quick and simple way to study medications that are used to treat a variety of mental health conditions. Current pharmacology students can use these resources to study for upcoming tests, and aspiring pharmacists can nurture their curiosity/strengthen their understanding of common mental health medications. Additionally, working healthcare professionals who need to study for pharmacology training or continuing education credit can use these lessons as convenient study tools.
After finishing the lessons in this chapter, you should be able to:
- Recognize the uses of Abilify (aripiprazole) and know how it's classified
- List aripiprazole's indications, contraindications and side effects
- Understand the pharmacology of lithium and Vyvanse
- Identify overdose and withdrawal symptoms for Vyvanse
- Define trazodone and its uses
- Know how trazodone is classified as a drug
- Describe the structure, mechanism of action and pharmacokinetics of trazodone
- Explain trazodone's side effects and drug interactions
1. Pharmacological Treatments for Mental Illnesses
In this lesson, we'll be reviewing some of the pharmacological treatments for common classes of mental illnesses. We'll go over medication for depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.
2. What is Abilify (Aripiprazole)? - Uses & Classification
We will look at the medication, aripiprazole, better known as Abilify. The drug classification and what it used to treat will be covered in this lesson.
3. Abilify: Side Effects, Indications & Contraindications
Abilify is used to treat psychotic disorders. In this lesson we'll discuss the most common side effects and contraindications that need to be considered.
4. Lithium Pharmacology & Drug Classification
Have you ever heard of lithium? Depending on what context, it may mean different things for you. This lesson focuses on the medical aspects of lithium and its use for a well-known disorder.
5. Lithium: Drug Interactions & Overdose
This lesson goes over numerous examples of drugs lithium might interact with and what the interaction might cause. It also goes over the signs and symptoms of acute and chronic lithium overdose.
6. Vyvanse Abuse: Withdrawal & Overdose Symptoms
In this lesson, you'll be learning about Vyvanse abuse. Here, we'll discuss what Vyvanse is and how abuse starts. Then, we'll get into the specific symptoms and treatments for withdrawal and overdose.
7. Vyvanse Pharmacology & Classification
Have you ever heard of lisdexamfetamine dimesylate? Probably not, but you have most likely heard of ADHD. This lesson connects the dots between the two as you learn about the pharmacology and classification of Vyvanse.
8. In Vivo Desensitization: Definition & Examples
Are you curious about how mental health professionals help people overcome phobias? This lesson explains one method of treatment called in vivo desensitization. We explore the steps involved in vivo desensitization and how they help the patient.
9. Zolpidem: Definition, Uses & Side Effects
Zolpidem is a prescription medication available through your healthcare provider. In this lesson, we will learn about the uses and side effects of Zolpidem.
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