Copyright

Ch 3: Psychopharmacology Classification & Guidelines

About This Chapter

Learn important facts about the classification and guidelines of psychopharmacology by reviewing the video and text lessons in this chapter. Learn about different types of drugs and related issues in contemporary psychology.

Psychopharmacology Classification & Guidelines - Chapter Summary

If you are currently studying the field of psychology, one particular subject that you should be sure to pay particular attention to is the current classification of psychopharmacological drugs and contemporary medical and legal guidelines. If you would like to learn about this subject, you can read the text lessons and watch the videos that you'll find included in this chapter.

You can go over these lessons to learn about the different classifications of drugs that are commonly used in psychiatric and psychological treatments. These lessons will cover the purpose and characteristics of each type of drug, as well as specific issues and guidelines related to the use of these drugs. Specific topics you will learn about in this chapter are:

  • The definition and history of psychopharmacology
  • The use of drug therapy
  • Psychiatric medication terminology
  • The effects of psychoactive drugs
  • Anti-anxiety drugs and herbal substance abuse
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Drug interactions
  • Signs and symptoms of prescription drug dependence
  • Drug clinical trials

The practice quizzes and final chapter exam will help you test your understanding of these topics once you complete all of the lessons. If you would like more clarification on specific points you went over in the lessons, the chapter also offers you the option of messaging the lesson instructors directly. You can also use your personal Dashboard to track your learning progress as you complete each lesson.

11 Lessons in Chapter 3: Psychopharmacology Classification & Guidelines
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Psychopharmacology: Definition & History

1. Psychopharmacology: Definition & History

The field of psychopharmacology helps us understand how prescription drugs, legal drugs, and illegal drugs change behavior in predictable ways. This lesson will give you an overview and history the field of psychopharmacology.

Drug Therapy

2. Drug Therapy

Drug therapy plays an important role in the treatment of mental disorders today. Learn about the different types and common uses of these drugs and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Terminology for Medications That Help Treat Mental Disorders

3. Terminology for Medications That Help Treat Mental Disorders

Like any other disease or disorder anywhere in the body, mental disorders need to be treated for the good of the patient. Here, we will define some of the general medications used to treat mental disorders.

What are Psychoactive Drugs? - Definition, Types & Uses

4. What are Psychoactive Drugs? - Definition, Types & Uses

How do psychoactive drugs alter cognitive states? In this lesson, you'll learn how these chemical compounds affect neurotransmitter functions as well as explore some factors that can affect the outcomes of drug use.

Anti-anxiety & Sedative Hypnotics Drug Abuse Prevention & Treatment Programs

5. Anti-anxiety & Sedative Hypnotics Drug Abuse Prevention & Treatment Programs

In this lesson you will learn about anxiolytics and sedatives. We'll discuss the prevention strategies people of all ages can undertake to avoid abusing these drugs and the major treatment strategies involved in their discontinuation.

Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence: Definition and Causes of Substance Disorders

6. Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence: Definition and Causes of Substance Disorders

Substance use, abuse, and dependence are often confused with each other. In this lesson, we'll look at the differences between the three and common causes of addiction.

Herbal Substance Use & Abuse

7. Herbal Substance Use & Abuse

Herbal substances are used all over the world. Some are known to have proven or potentially beneficial effects. This lesson will discuss some commonly used and abused herbal substances and tell you why they are not free of side effects.

What Is Pharmacokinetics? - Definition & Principles

8. What Is Pharmacokinetics? - Definition & Principles

Ever wonder what happens when medications enter into the body? This lesson will discuss the basics of pharmacokinetics from the time the medication enters the body until the point of excretion.

Drug Interactions With Other Drugs & Activity Within the Body

9. Drug Interactions With Other Drugs & Activity Within the Body

Drugs can affect your body in quite a few ways. You'll learn about how they affect you and how they interact with one another to affect you by learning about tolerance, cross-tolerance, the additive effect, synergism, potentiation, and antagonism.

The Purpose of Clinical Trials

10. The Purpose of Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are used to assess the safety and effectiveness of new treatment options. This lesson will discuss the purpose of clinical trials and will end with a short quiz to see what you have learned.

Clinical Research in Abnormal Psychology

11. Clinical Research in Abnormal Psychology

How do psychologists find answers about what the causes and best treatments of mental illness are? In this lesson, we'll look at important types of clinical research: case studies, correlational studies, and causal studies.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Support