Psychopharm Class 2

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Clinical Psychopharmacology Class #2
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What are Psychotropic medications? Any medications used for the purposes of treating a Psychiatric Illness. Medications developed expressly for the purpose of treating a specific mental illness Medications originally developed to treat another condition now used for the treatment of a mental illness
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Historical Review Evidence of the use of psychoactive substances traced back centuries to societies that used substances found in nature to alter states of consciousness and mood, in particular to calm or sedate. You can also see the use of these substances (mushrooms, cannabis) for the purposes of creating hallucinations for spiritual exploration and cultural tradition. Many psychotropic medications have their origins in naturally occurring compounds (Lithium is a salt, Reminyl or Razadyn is created from daffodils).
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We did not see the effective use of psychotropic agents for treating metal illness until the mid 20th century. How did we get there? Late 1800s: Emil Kraepelin , a German Psychiatrist believed that psychiatric diseases are mainly caused by biological and genetic disorders. Credited with developing the first classification system for mental illness. Foundation for many future classification systems (e.g., ICD and the DSM (1952). Martin Charcot (France) searched for evidence of brain pathology for the cause of mental illness but was largely unsuccessful.
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Some findings during this era suggested some of those syndromes that were considered mental illness were
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